Special Operations

Captain Michael Williams

Captain Michael Williams

Captain Michael Williams began his law enforcement career in 1995 as a Reserve Deputy for the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. In 1997 he began working as a Police Officer for the Hanahan Police Department and later became a Deputy for the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office. In early 2000, he was hired by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy. Over the next twelve years Williams worked with the Sheriff’s Selective Enforcement Team, Drug Enforcement Unit and Uniform Patrol Division.

In 2012 Williams was promoted to Captain over the Special Operations Division which includes: the Drug Enforcement Unit, Selective Enforcement Team (S.E.T.), Marine Patrol, Underwater Recovery, K-9 Unit, Special Response Team, and the Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic Team (H.E.A.T.). He is currently attending Charleston Southern University working towards a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. Captain Williams and his wife reside in Berkeley County and have two children.

Drug Enforcement Unit

The Drug Enforcement Unit investigates illegal drug activity and vice crimes. They conduct long term and short term investigations utilizing current technology for surveillance and recording illegal activities.

If you have information on you would like to share call the Drug tip line:

  • St. Stephen 843-567-3136 ext. 4692.
  • Moncks Corner 843-719-4692.
  • Summerville/Goose Creek 843-723-3800 ext. 4692.
  • You can remain anonymous or leave your name and call back number for an agent to call you back. When you leave you name it will remain confidential.

Special Operations

The K-9 Unit started in 1996 and has grown from one full time K-9 team to six including five Dual purpose units, and a bomb dog. K-9’s are capable of the following functions; Drug detection, article searches, tracking suspects, building searches, criminal apprehensions, and handler protection. We currently have Bloodhounds which are primarily used for extended tracks and lost or missing persons.

The Marine Patrol responds to incidents on the water to assist in the recovery of persons, articles, vehicles or other items of evidentiary value from the water to support law enforcement objectives. Additionally, the Marine Patrol may be tasked to support URT Operations and assist the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) during special events and general law enforcement activities.

Special Response Team

The team consists of trained personnel equipped to accomplish tactical operations. The team is made up of three elements including; Tactical Team, Marksmen Observers, and Negotiators. They are trained to respond to:

  • Barricaded suspects.
  • Hostage situations.
  • High risk prisoner transport/Criminal Trials
  • VIP protection.
  • High risk warrants and court transports.
  • Narcotics raids.
  • High risk criminal trials.

The Selective Enforcement Team (SET) provides various specialized functions to support agency operations such as selective traffic enforcement, vice and drug interdiction and special event support as required.

The D.U.I. Enforcement Team (HEAT) enforces public safety highway countermeasure programs to identify and apprehend motorist who operate motor vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Underwater Recovery Team (URT) responds to incidents involving the recovery of persons, articles, vehicles or other items of evidentiary value from the water to support law enforcement objectives.