Police Department


Non-emergency: Dial Ext. *221
*Emergency callers should always dial 911

If you know of a non-emergency crime committed inside the City Limits of West Columbia and want to report it anonymously, you can call 803-794-0721 Ext. *411 and leave a message on our tip line. 

Message from Chief Dennis Tyndall

Welcome to the West Columbia Police Department. Our department serves a community of over 18,000 residents as well as the many motorists who travel through our city daily. We are committed to providing the highest level of professionalism and service. We have a robust department that includes basic patrol and investigative functions, our own 911 Dispatch Center, as well as, Victim Services, Community Policing, Animal Control, and Parks Security.

Our officers are dedicated to serving the citizens of West Columbia by providing safe neighborhoods and superior quality of life. The department has received numerous awards including the South Carolina Municipal Achievement Award, Alltel Crime Prevention Award, and recognized by Harvard University’s Ash Institute as one of the top 50 innovative Police Departments in the United States of America. We are proud to protect and serve!

Location & Office Hours

The West Columbia Police Department is one of the best in the Midlands. With a staff of 65 employees, we enjoy a superb reputation as a professional law enforcement agency that provides professional service with a respectful can-do attitude. Among our staff, we have 55 sworn officers, including a Community Action Team, School Resource Officers, River District Patrol, and Investigators. We also have a full-time Victim Advocate and an Animal Control Officer. Our Training Division provides training in-house to our officers as well as to our local businesses, schools, churches, and citizen groups on topics ranging from defensive tactics to neighborhood watch, and active shooter response. Located at 200 N. 12th Street, in the heart of West Columbia, the Police Department’s administrative offices are open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

West Columbia Police Department Outreach Program

The West Columbia Outreach Program represents a partnership between the West Columbia Police Department and the University of South Carolina School of Social Work. The program currently functions with three Master of Social Work interns and is overseen by licensed social worker Rhonda DiNovo.

The program has three primary purposes; the first being to support officers through reducing calls for service from individuals with substance use or mental health issues. Secondly, the program seeks to promote positive behavior change through screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment services. Finally, the program endeavors to connect West Columbia citizens to local community resources.

West Columbia Police Officers Foundation

The West Columbia Police Officers Foundation was established in 2008. Governed by a group of private citizens, the foundation seeks to raise funds to provide for needs that the department or officers have that the budget cannot provide. Established as a 501 (c) 3 charitable non-profit organization, the foundation has purchased equipment, assisted employees who have suffered life-threatening illnesses, and provided for officers who lost everything in residential fires.

To find out more about the foundation, contact Assistant Chief Scott Morrison at 803-939-3187.
If you would like to contribute, you may make a tax-deductible donation to WCPOF c/o the West Columbia Police Department, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Information on the Foundation can also be found at www.wcpof.org.