Welcome to the virtual home of the Hanahan Police Department. Here you will find tips on personal safety and how to keep your community safe, among other items of interest. If you have an question about a city ordinance, you may find it here as well. The Hanahan Police Department is committed to building relationships in the community. Our officers know the neighborhoods and the residents. Because Hanahan is a smaller, close knit community with a comparatively low crime rate, officers are able to spend the time it takes to help resolve a problem. Our detectives are able to spend the time it takes to solve crimes that busier jurisdictions simply do not. As such, Hanahan has been able to maintain its quality of life in ways that only Hanahan can provide.
The mission of the Hanahan Police Department is to enhance the quality of life within the City of Hanahan by working cooperatively with the public and within the framework of the United States Constitution to preserve the peace and provide for a safe environment for all persons. Essential to the success of this mission is being sensitive to the needs of community, service to the community, interaction with it’s citizens, being community based problem solvers, adhering to high ethical standards of conduct and administering not only the letter of the law, but the spirit of the law.
Many police departments define their primary role in society as crime control. We believe, however, that the art of policing is much more than “law enforcement”. It has been shown that responding to more traditional crimes can actually constitute as little as 10-20% of the actual workload of police agencies. We believe that police officers must accept a more significant role in what may be incorrectly referred to as “social work” by many police agencies.
The culture of a progressive law enforcement agency and the mindset of its community must reflect a more proactive role in problem solving with regards to “livability issues”. Such things as reducing truancy, better lighting in troubled areas, litter control, and improving rundown properties are all valid ways to enhance the community and reduce crime. These are not diversions from so-called “real police work” but are simply another facet of the police officer’s role.
By addressing livability issues the Hanahan Police Department hopes to work toward a better connection with and understanding of the community we serve. It is vital that the City taps into the incredible resources of the patrol officers and capitalize on their ability to examine and analyze community concerns.
Realistically, can we correct all issues within the community that concern our residents–absolutely not. We can, however, show our community that we are willing to at least try and take steps to correct issues and concerns that our residents feel need to be addressed.