l Community Policing - City of Beaufort, South Carolina

Community Response Team

Community policing, or community-oriented policing, is a strategy of policing that focuses on police building ties and working closely with members of the communities.

The Beaufort Police Department is committed to the development and implantation of proactive community response programs which anticipate and appraise crime risks throughout the City, and initiate actions to remove or reduce those risks by using community oriented police practices. The CRT team leader is a two-year commitment and the CRT member is a one-year commitment.

Crime Prevention/Apprehension and Covert Assignments

The CRT will develop leads, conduct surveillance, or deploy other methods approved by the Patrol & Special Operations Lieutenant to prevent crimes, develop leads, and make arrests of criminals.


Watch Group, Community Organization, Service Provider Liaison

CRT will be involved in Watch Group Meetings and will be tasked with developing groups in areas that currently do not have them.  In addition, the CRT will be the liaison between community organizations, housing units, or service providers and the Beaufort Police Department.  The purpose of this liaison is to identify community needs and work with members of the community to solve the problems and meet the community‚Äôs needs.


Overt Public Community Coordination

CRT members will provide programs and services that positively impact the community;  not limited to:

Residential and Business security vulnerability checks

Emergency response planning for commercial buildings

National Night Out functions

Child Identification Functions

Summer / Christmas Storm Events

Movie Club

Emergency Updates

Crime Prevention Seminars

For further information about how the Beaufort Police Department can help you, please contact Master Sergeant George Erdel at gerdel@cityofbeaufort.org or 843-322-7958.