About Your GCPD
About Your GCPD
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The Goose Creek Police Department (GCPD) services the residents and businesses within the corporate limits of the City of Goose Creek. Twenty-four (24) hour patrols are accomplished through the use of 3 shifts of officers that work 10 hour shifts. Patrol shifts are augmented by dedicated traffic safety officers who address high collision locations and strategically assigned officers (SAOs) that carry out directed patrols and investigative efforts in high crime areas and areas suffering chronic quality of life issues. Investigators are assigned cases that are very involved or require specialized expertise.
GCPD recruits only the best qualified candidates to serve - approximately 60% of our officers have at least a 2 year college degree. After an extensive pre-hire background investigation, candidates attend the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy to receive law enforcement certification. Candidates then return home where they receive an additional 12 weeks of training in a closely supervised environment. At the conclusion of field training, officers are released to solo duty and may pursue specialized training and assignments.
GCPD is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), Inc., and has been so accredited since 2002. CALEA publishes over 480 standards considered "best practices" for law enforcement agencies. GCPD proudly complies with all applicable standards and welcomes visits from CALEA Assessors every three years to verify our compliance.