Office of the Chief

Mission Statement

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The mission of the Mount Pleasant Police Department is to enhance the wellness of the community by working in partnership with citizens to protect life and property, maintain order, understand and serve community needs, and enforce the law in a manner consistent with democratic values.

About the Mount Pleasant Police Department

We are a nationally accredited agency, sanctioned by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. and became a flagship agency in 2005. We have since maintained our accreditation status and received the Gold Standard of Excellence in 2016. The department employs 146 sworn officers and 43 civilian personnel, serving a population of 88,000.

The Police Department embraces a Community Oriented Policing philosophy of service delivery, which requires officers to work together with citizens to identify community problems, determine the underlying causes, and develop solutions which address these causes in order to resolve the problem.

The department has divided the Town of Mount Pleasant, which encompasses 73 square miles, into seven patrol districts. Each patrol district is assigned to a specific officer on each shift, who is responsible for maintaining protection and problem resolution on a continuing basis.