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Town of Ridgeland, SC
Police Department

One Town Square
P.O. Box 1719
Ridgeland, SC 29936

Emergency:
911

Office Phone:
(843) 726-7530

After Hours Phone:
(843) 726-7519

 

Crime Stoppers Tip Line:

1-888-CRIME-SC

(274-6372)

 

 

Our Mission:

The mission of the Ridgeland Police Department is to work in a true partnership with the

citizens of Ridgeland to enhance the quality of life in our Town by raising the level of

public safety through law enforcement to reduce the fear and incidence of crime.

In accomplishing these goals: Service will be our commitment, honor and integrity, our

mandate.




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What To Do If You Witness A Crime

 

If you see or suspect a crime is being committed, pay particular attention to the features of the offender(s) and any vehicles involved.  Try to be prepared to provide at least the following about the offenders:

 

1.  Age, race, height & weight.

2.  Haire color and style including facial hair, if any.

3.  Notable characteristics, (acne, scars, glasses, mental state, physical disabilities such as a limp, etc.

4.  Clothing description.

5.  Location where last seen.

6.  Last known direction of travel.

7.  Vehicle description and distinctive markings such as dents, broken windows, etc.

 

Witnesses who wish to remain anonymous may do so.  It is far more important that a response be dispatched as quickly as possible.  Whenever reporting a crime by telephone, remain on the line until the Communications Officer is fully briefed with all of the pertinent information necessary to dispatch the appropriate response personnel to the scene.

 

The Police would like all crimes to be reported. This is of the utmost importance because if you don't, the Police won’t be aware of the situation and will not be able to take any action and the person responsible could go on to commit a similar crime.

 

There are various reasons why you may not want to report a crime. It could be one or more of the following:

It’s too trivial
It may be a minor crime, but it can still be very upsetting. The Police understand this and will take the incident you report seriously.

It’s too embarrassing
Sometimes people feel embarrassed about reporting crimes, particularly if they are of a sexual nature. The Police will treat you sensitively and will not judge you. Whatever your gender, sexual orientation, race or physical ability, being a victim of a crime is traumatic and unsettling.

The Police won’t care
If the Police are very busy, they may not be able to get to you as soon as they would like. However, their job is to protect and reassure and they do care about doing that.

You don’t care about what’s happened

If you are not concerned or upset by what’s happened, that’s fine. Some people can take these things in their stride, and continue as if nothing has happened, even if it has been a serious crime. However, if you don't report it, the Police won't have a chance to catch the person responsible and they will likely do it again, perhaps making you their next target.

You're worried about what will happen
People worry about going to the Police and perhaps having to go to court and give testimony.   However, try putting yourself in the victim's shoes and imagine how you would feel if you knew someone had information and wouldn't come forward to help you.  Remember that a community that won't stand together against criminal activity will continue to be victimized. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ridgeland Police Department, One Town Square, PO Box 1719, Ridgeland, SC 29936 | Phone (843) 726-7530

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