The Isle of Palms Police Department has twenty (20) sworn police officers and eleven (11) civilian personnel serving a population of approximately 5,000 citizens. The department provides such services as Crime Prevention, Criminal Investigations, Traffic Enforcement, Victim Services, Animal Services and Beach Patrol to the citizens of Isle of Palms.

Points of Contact:                        

Chief of Police
Thomas E. Buckhannon, III

Captain of Operations,
Accreditation Manager                                                                 
Kimberly S. Usry

Livability Sergeant
Jamey Meekins

Investigations Supervisor
Detective Sergeant
Jeffrey Swain

Victim Advocate/Detective, Investigations
Diane Tarr

Administrative Assistant, Records Clerk
Tracy Waldron

Physical Address:
30 J.C. Long Boulevard
Isle of Palms, South Carolina 29451

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 508
Isle of Palms, South Carolina 29451

Fax Number:

Emergency Phone Number:

Non-Emergency Phone Number:

Citizen Property Inventory Form
Business Security Survey
Residential Security Survey
Public Safety Committee Meeting Minutes
Police Department Crime Statistics


The Isle of Palms Police Department is accredited through CALEA, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement. The Department was initially awarded accreditation on March 23, 2002. The Department received its first re-accreditation on March 19, 2005 in Birmingham, Alabama and received its second re-accreditation on March 8, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. The department received its third re-accreditation on March 26, 2011 in Bethesda, Maryland.  The department received its 4th re-accreditation on March 22, 2014 in Garden City, California. Accreditation represents a significant professional achievement.

Accreditation LogoAccreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective. The foundation of Accreditation lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of trained assessors verifies that applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by the CALEA that the agency has met the requirements for Accreditation.