The Isle of Palms Police Department has twenty-two (22) sworn police officers and seven (7) 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.

Contact Information

Chief of Police

Kevin Cornett

Captain of Support Services

Jeffrey Swain

Livability Sergeant

Chad King

Detective, Investigations

Robert Forsythe

Detective Sergeant, Investigations & Accreditation Manager

Sharon Baldrick

Victim Advocate/Detective, Investigations

Louise Hardy

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

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Accreditation LogoThe 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.

On March 25, 2017 in Mobile, Alabama, the department received its 5th re-accreditation award. During this conference, the department also received a Meritorious Award for being an accredited agency for fifteen consecutive years. Also, Chief Buckhannon was awarded the Egon Bittner Award for being in command of an accredited agency for fifteen or more continuous years. Accreditation represents a significant professional achievement.

Accreditation 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.

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report