The City of Florence Police Department is a community driven department. We believe the relationships we create with the citizens will foster growth in every corridor of the City. By establishing community programs and operating on a community oriented policing model, our officers are able to get to know the public they serve each and every day. The Police Department is dedicated to not only provide the highest quality service to the community, but also provide a way for the citizens to know the officers who serve them. Through the programs listed below, the Police Department strives to further embolden our partnerships with the community through education, transparency and service.
The City of Florence Police Department along with other City Departments participate in the Adopt-A-Dorm program each year at Christmas. This program is a partnership with the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs and is designed to help the clients of DSN receive gifts fulfilling their needs. The Police Department is involved in a parade through the facility ending with Santa dispersing the gifts to the clients. The funding for the Police Department's involvement is donated by members of the Florence Police Department.
The Citizen's Police Academy is a program designed to teach community members about the internal operations of the Police Department and give them hands on training in a safe environment. Citizens partake in an 6 week course, meeting once a week for approximately 2 hours. The course includes live demonstrations by specialty teams within the department and presentations from experienced officers. The purpose of this program is to build transparency with the public, showing them how and why we do what we do. Citizen's graduate this program with a greater appreciation and understanding of Local Law Enforcement and the Police Department has the benefit of building relationships with the citizens of Florence.
The Florence Police Department participates in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day during the months of October and April. The purpose of this event is to promote safety and health. The public is encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and remove unneeded, unwanted and expired medications from their homes for proper disposal. This can help prevent prescription drug addiction and misuse. By hosting Drug Take back Day, the Florence Police Department aims to make our community safer by reducing overdoses and overdose deaths.
The upcoming Drug Take Back Day will be April 30, 2022 at West Florence High School, located at 221 N Beltline Dr Florence, SC and First Baptist Church, located at 300 S Irby St Florence, SC. The drop off times at both locations are 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. You can drop off any unwanted prescription drugs (excluding liquids), no questions asked.
In 2021, the Florence community turned in 338 pounds of prescription pills!! Come out and make this year another great success.
The Chief's Citizens Advisory Committee is a group of community leaders that meet directly with the Chief of Police and select staff to fulfill the following functions:
- Facilitate interaction and communication between the community and the police
- Provide a forum for obtaining community input about the delivery of police services
- Identify potential problems and provide advice on solutions to community issues related to policing
- Receive information from the public concerning Florence Police Department operations and programs
- Continually dialogue with the Chief about public relations and public safety issues
Additionally, the role of the Community Leaders on this committee are:
- To act in an advisory capacity to the Chief of Police
- To educate themselves on the day-to-day issues and situations faced by officers and to relay that understanding with other community members
- To a reasonable degree, become familiar with the operations and procedures of the Florence Police Department
- To fairly and accurately represent the ideas, opinions and issues of the residents of the community to the Chief of Police
- To be knowledgeable about current community issues and to participate in meaningful dialogue regarding the same
The overall goal of this committee is to foster transparent, positive relationships between the police and the community
SERGEANT TERRENCE CARRAWAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
(Funded by the Florence Police Fund & Terrence F. Carraway Foundation)
The Sergeant Terrence Carraway Memorial Scholarship was established in January 2019 to honor the life of Sergeant Terrence Carraway (E.O.W. 10/03/2018) and to continue his passion for the advancement of youth in the Florence and Darlington communities. This scholarship is a need-based fund, awarded annually to two recipients from Florence County School District High Schools and two recipients from Darlington County School District High Schools. Scholarship awards are made payable to the recipient’s educational institution.
- Must attend Florence County School District High Schools or Darlington County School District High Schools.
- Applicant must be a high school senior and meet all high school requirements to graduate or have GED equivalent.
- Demonstrate plans to attend an institution of higher learning, which may be a two year or a four-year college or vocational school.
- Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States.
Criteria for Awarding Scholarship:
- Must submit a completed application.
- Must submit a 500-word essay on the topic provided on the application.
- Must provide a copy of your current high school transcript.
- Must provide a copy of your ACT/SAT scores if available.
How are recipients selected?
Candidates are selected based on a comprehensive review of the information submitted with the candidate’s application.