Lancaster Police Department

405 E. Arch Street, Lancaster, SC

803/283-1173   FAX 803/286-4632

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Command Staff


The Command Staff consists of the Chief of Police and 3 Captains.  The Captains are each assigned as division commanders.  It is their job to make decision concerning the police department and its policies. 

Chief Harlean V. Carter
Chief of Police

(803) 283-1173


Chief of Police

The Lancaster Police Department is committed to providing high-quality community-oriented services to the citizens of the City of Lancaster. Our mandate is to serve the public by creating partnerships with the community to protect and preserve life and property, to prevent crime, and to resolve community problems.

The Department offers a variety of services that are tailored to address specific problems in neighborhoods as well as increase the citizensí awareness and participation in crime prevention. These services include victimís assistance, School Resource Officer, bicycle patrol, bicycle registration, moped licensing, Crime Watch programs, security surveys, special response teams, drug enforcement, investigations, Citizens Police Academy, and more.

Captain Paul Smith
Administrative Division Commander


(803) 283-1176


Administrative Division

911 Communications Center

Community Policing Liaison

Crime Prevention

Records Division
School Resource Officers

Victimsí Assistance


Captain Scott Grant
Special Operations Division Commander

(803) 283-1177

Special Operations Division

Criminal Investigations

Gang Investigations

Narcotics Investigations

Public Information Officer




Captain Dwayne Davis
Uniform Patrol Division Commander

(803) 285-1187

Uniform Patrol Division

Uniform Patrol

Police Reserve Program

Police Chaplain Program






Rev. Kenneth Cauthen
Police Chaplain 

(803) 283-1173

Police Chaplain