The emergency "911" system should be utilized to report crimes in progress and other emergencies that require immediate
response by police, fire department or EMS to ensure the
safety of lives and property of citizens.
To report crimes that have already occurred, report suspicious activity or make other general inquires, the police department should be contacted at (864)859-4025.
Questions directed to specific officers can be left in the form of written messages at (864)859-4025 or e-mail may be utilized under the "Personnel" section of this website.
Understand that the random traffic stop is statistically the most dangerous duty performed
by uniformed officers.
Slow down and pull to the right of the roadway or into the nearest side street as soon as is safely possible. Turn off your engine. If the stop occurs at night, turn on your interior lights. If you have tinted windows, roll the windows down so that the approaching officer may make a safety evaluation as he approaches your vehicle. Place your hands on the steering wheel and avoid making any fast motions.
Stay in your vehicle unless directed to exit your vehicle by the officer.
Officers have received standardized training designed to protect themselves from unknown elements during traffic stops. Do not assume that the officer knows that you are a law-abiding citizen.
IF YOU HAVE A WEAPON IN YOUR VEHICLE, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RETRIEVE IT FOR THE OFFICER. Advise the officer of its location. The officer will take possession of the weapon for his own safety for the duration of the traffic stop.
The officer will request your license, registration, and proof of insurance. Once obtaining the required identification information the reason for the traffic stop will be explained.
Depending on the circumstances, you may receive a warning or citation. Do not attempt to argue on the side of the road. A court date will be set that will allow you to take your case before a judge.
After the traffic stop has concluded, merge safely back onto the roadway.
The court date written on your citation is the date that the arresting officer has set as his or her traffic court.
On this date, all citations issued by the officer within a given time period will be addressed. You will generally
not have a formal "trial" as the number of cases being heard would not be conducive to such a format.
Be sure to arrive at or before the time written on your citation. The municipal judge will call your case by name and citation number. The judge will ask that you approach the front of the court and enter a plea of "guilty" or "not guilty" for the offense. If your plea is "guilty," the judge may accept your plea and outline the appropriate sentence for the charge. If your plea is "not guilty," the judge will ask you if you would like a bench trial or a jury trial. Bench trials are heard before the municipal judge who decides guilt based on facts presented by the officer and the defendant. Jury trials are heard before a jury of six peers, and the jury decides guilt based on facts presented by the officer and the defendant. If a jury trial is requested, a pre-trial hearing will be scheduled for a later date.
**An officer may issue a citation that may be dismissed pending proof of certain documents, such as "No Proof of Insurance." Please remember that officers may not dismiss cases prior to their scheduled court dates, and that the responsibility of providing such documents at court lies with the party who was issued the citation.**