Why do the Sheriff's telecommunicators ask so many questions when I
Telecommunicators are trained to get as much information as possible to
determine the nature of the problem and its seriousness. On emergency
calls, the Telecommunicator already has sent the information to a
dispatcher while continuing to ask additional questions.
Getting information or
My friend or relative is overdue returning home. How can I find out if
he was involved a traffic accident?
A. If a
person is injured in an accident and unable to call, the law enforcement
agency handling the accident will notify his family. Traffic crashes in
the municipalities of Gaffney and Blacksburg are handled by the
respective police departments. Crashes in the unincorporated areas are
handled by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. You may call the South Carolina Highway Patrol or the appropriate city
police department for information.
How can I find out if someone is in jail, when someone can be visited,
or any other information about persons in jail?
Call the Cherokee County Detention Center booking room at (864) 487-2529
or click here for more information.
How can I get a copy of a police report?
must wait 24 hours for a police report to become available. Then call
the Records Section with the case number. If you do not have the case
number, you will need the location of the incident, date, and any victim
or suspect information. There is no charge to victims of a crime. You
may come to the Law Enforcement Center in person or
for a list of our non-emergency phone numbers, click
I was the victim of a crime. How do I find out the status of the
Call the Deputy who took the report or contact the Detective assigned to
the case. Please have your case number available, if possible. For a
list of phone numbers, click
How do I get a concealed weapons permit?
You may obtain information and application packets at the Cherokee
County Law Enforcement Center. You also may contact the South Carolina
Law Enforcement Division at (803) 737-9000 or click
here to download an application.
Can I carry a firearm in my vehicle?
This question and others regarding firearms in the State of South
Carolina are answered in the South Carolina Code of Laws. A copy of the
laws relating to firearms is included in each concealed weapons
application packet or you may access the Code of Laws by clicking
I left my spouse and I am living elsewhere, but I need to get my
clothing and other items. Can the Sheriff's Office help me?
The Sheriff's Office will send a Deputy to keep the peace and prevent
violence while you retrieve your belongings. Call the Sheriff's Office
from a public telephone near where your belongings are, and a Deputy
will go with you to the house. The Deputy only will be able to stand by
for 15 minutes to help you retrieve personal items essential for your
immediate living needs. The Deputy cannot help you move items such as
furniture, dishes, or stereo. Removal of these items requires a court
I do not have any transportation and need a ride. Can a Deputy help me?
Deputies cannot provide rides.
Why did it take longer for a Deputy to answer my call this time than on
previous calls for assistance?
All requests for law enforcement service are prioritized based on the
seriousness of the incident and the potential for injury or damage to
property. At times, calls of a less urgent nature must be delayed so
that Deputies can respond immediately to emergencies.
Someone has abandoned a vehicle in my parking lot or on my property. Can
the Sheriff's Office tow it away for me?
The Sheriff's Office can only tow vehicles abandoned on public property.
If it is on private property, the property owner must arrange with a
wrecker service for the vehicle's removal. You should know that state
law has certain restrictions the property owner must follow in these
I received a notice evicting me from my home and I'm not sure what I
should do? Or, how can I evict someone from my property?
Eviction is a civil legal process requiring a court order. If you need
advice about your specific legal situation, you should contact a lawyer.
For general information about evictions, click
here. For a question about your specific case, contact the Civil
Division. For a list of telephone numbers, click
What can I do about barking dogs or stray dogs and cats in my
Cherokee County Animal Control is the County agency responsible for
calls involving dogs, cats, and other animals in unincorporated Cherokee
County. For more information, call (864)
Can a Deputy open my car if I have locked my keys inside?
Because of the potential for damage to vehicles, the Sheriff's Office
does not open locked vehicles. A locksmith is your best alternative.
Check the listing under "Locksmith" in the yellow pages of
your local telephone book. If a child is locked
inside the vehicle, call 911.
The Sheriff's Office will send a Deputy to remove the child from the
vehicle, possibly by breaking a window.
I need to get a message to someone who does not have a telephone. Can
the Sheriff's Office go to the person's home and deliver the message?
The Sheriff's Office delivers only messages involving an emergency or
life or death situations.
My family and I are going on vacation. Can a Deputy keep an eye on our
home while we are gone?
You may call the Law Enforcement Center Duty Office and request an
"extra-patrol" property check or click
here for an online request. The information will be passed
on to the Deputies who patrol your neighborhood. While the Sheriff's
Office cannot "watch" your house, the patrol Deputies will try
to check on it regularly.
How can I apply for a position with the Sheriff's Office?
Call the Duty Office or click here for
information on available positions and job requirements.
I keep getting annoying "hang-up" type phone calls, where
nothing is said. It is driving me crazy, and I want the calls stopped.
What should I do?
First, report the calls to your telephone company and ask if they can
investigate and trace the calls. If you know who the caller is and wish
to prosecute, you can report it to the Sheriff's Office. A Deputy will
talk with you and evaluate the situation.
I have received several phone calls from people representing themselves
as law enforcement officers and asking for donations for various charity
purposes. Are they really law enforcement officers? I would like to
help, but it sounds "fishy" to me.
Authentic law enforcement officers and departments in this county,
including the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, do
not solicit funds over the
telephone. However, fraternal organizations, such as the South Carolina
Law Enforcement Officer's Association or the Fraternal Order of Police may make these kinds of
calls. If you are contacted by anyone claiming to represent such an
organization, please be careful. If you are not familiar with it, you
may wish to ask the solicitor to send you information on the charity by
give your credit card number to anyone over the phone. If
you wish to donate volunteer services, rather than money, you can get
further information on some of the Sheriff's Office's community programs
do I find out if the service I requested has been performed?
the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.
What is the cost of the service I am requesting?
All costs are established by the South Carolina Statute. Contact
us to obtain an exact amount according to the type and number of
services you are requesting
Does the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office recommend anyone aside from
the Sheriff's Office for serving process?
Where should I have my documents delivered in order to have the Cherokee
County Sheriff's Office serve them for me?
and all documents to be served should be delivered to the Sheriff's
Office Civil Division at the Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center. The
Civil Division is open Monday thru Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m..