Records Management is a critical part of any organization dependent upon the use of stored information to accomplish its mission. Nowhere is this more important than in law enforcement where it is often the sole source of information that is required by a host of society's functions. Without a properly functioning records management program cases could not be followed up, victims could not be assisted or protected, suspects who initially escape would not later be caught and prosecuted, the innocent would face false accusation without recourse, the public would not know about the problems in their own community, and the public would have no basis for trust in either law enforcement or criminal justice. While many of the tasks performed by a Records Section may seem repetitious or just "paper shuffling" the personnel involved never forget their underlying importance.
The Records Section maintains all reports submitted by deputies of incidents handled during the course of the performance of their duties. This paperwork is disseminated to local, state and federal agencies as required by law. The Records Section also maintains dispositions, and executes expungement orders, subpoenas, Rule 5 Motions within accordance of the law, for maintaining incident reports on arrests or charges made by deputies and electronically submitting crime data to the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
The Records Office is located in the Sheriff's Office, 223 N. Live Oak Drive, Moncks Corner, SC 29461. The hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of County appointed holidays. This office will provide copies of incident reports when requested in person and picture identification is required. Reports are available to the public after 1:00 p.m. the second business day following the day an incident is reported. A copy of an incident report is free of charge to the victim or witness of a crime whose name appears in the requested report. Any other interested party is required to pay a $2.00 fee for the requested incident report. Reports will not be mailed or faxed.
Criminal Histories and/or Background Checks are not conducted locally. All requests for Criminal Histories and/or Background Checks must be made through South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) on their Citizens Access to Criminal Histories (CATCH) web site or you may print off a form to submit this request by mail.