Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis adopted a new district plan for the Sheriff’s Office which went into effect on March 22. This new approach splits the entire county, approximately 1,231 square miles, into north and south districts and adopts new schedule shifts for all deputies.
Previously, Berkeley County deputies were split into six zones around the county, approaching the county as one entire area.
The new system splits deputies into two sections (north/south) and then sub sectors, with deputies stationed at any one of the five substations, Cross, Alvin, Red Bank Road in Goose Creek, Cainhoy/Huger, and Cane Bay. This new district plan has been managed by BCSO Captain Annie Jackson over the North District and BCSO Captain Jason Potteiger over the South District.
The new plan has doubled down on the number of county deputies working at any time to allow them to respond to calls faster.
This new plan has been more than three years in the making. The county studied the amount of calls to service and placed deputies strategically in those locations. “Simply put, this new system changes the way we police. We are decreasing response times and increasing services. I’m incredibly proud of our team for the hard work through this transition and extremely pleased with the results we’re already seeing,” said Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis in a statement.
Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office leadership saw the need for this new district plan due to increased call volume in certain areas, a population increase the past decade, and a zoning system that needed to be updated.
Eight new deputies a year for three years will also be allocated.