Police Protection for Businesses
The Darlington Police Department serves 6,327 permanent residents, thousands of workers, students, and people who pass through our jurisdiction on a daily basis. We are responsible for patrolling several square miles and hundreds of businesses of all sizes. We answer approximately 3,600 to 4,000 reported incidents per year while responding to around 6,000 calls for service.
The average time that it takes for an officer to arrive on scene can be from four to five minutes, depending upon the urgency of the call. Emergency calls where an officer is dispatched have an average arrival time of less than two minutes.
Each call for service in regard to a crime being committed is assigned an investigator for the incident and is followed up by an investigator. The officer taking the report and an investigator will follow up on the incident. Our victim’s advocate will also contact the victim by both phone and written communication.
During the past 10 years, crime, especially violent crime, has dropped significantly. In addition to this, property crime has also dropped at a steady rate. Part of this is because of continual cooperation between our businesses and the police department.
For more information, call 843-398-4026. For emergencies, please call 911.
Traffic Enforcement and Parking
Traffic and parking patterns are closely watched. Traffic areas where collisions take place or areas of heavy congestion are located are worked on a daily basis during peak hours to reduce such issues.
Parking lots under the jurisdiction of the Darlington Police Department are thoroughly checked by our Parking Enforcement officer. The two major areas of interest to this officer are people who park in emergency/fire lanes and those who park in handicap spaces. The first group can prevent much needed assistance from getting to a business should an emergency arise. The second group can limit patrons from shopping or enjoying the services of nearby businesses.
It is a common practice for almost all businesses to have alarms. Each alarm call is taken seriously and an officer is dispatched to respond to every alarm call. All such calls are logged into our alarm system reporting tab via software that the police department uses.
An officer will wait and meet with the key holder of that business to check inside the business regardless of whether it is an actual or false alarm at that location. Remember, it is important that a key holder and current notification numbers should be kept on file with our dispatch service to notify these personnel. Central dispatch can be reached at 843-398-4920.
Night Time Operations
During night time hours when businesses are closed, night shift officers will check each business multiple times during the shift depending upon the volume of calls for service. Businesses that are open during these hours will also be checked on numerous occasions during the night as this is likely a more vulnerable time for businesses.
It is also the practice of the police department upon request to do a special walkthrough of a business if you feel you have a suspicious person or someone that makes you feel uncomfortable in the business where you feel our presence could help to resolve that situation. We will, at the request of the business, place this person(s) on trespass notice for the location. This person will be identified, and information will be placed in our record management system to arrest this person(s) if they are found at this property again. This would also include people who are loitering at such locations without purpose.
Vendors in Parking Lots
Another common practice of the police department is to check any vendors who are attempting to sell items in the parking lots of businesses. Unless the business has approved such activities taking place, the vendor will be asked to leave and will be asked to present a city business license.
Officers will provide escort services to the bank for deposits and will also escort employees to their cars at the close of business if there is a need upon request. It is important that the person who is making the bank deposit realize that during nighttime hours our officers will get to the escort as soon as is possible depending upon other calls for service. Be assured that the escort will be done however.