Kiawah Island moves a step closer to having deputies patrol island full time

Kiawah Island moves a step closer to having deputies patrol island full time

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Town of Kiawah Island moved a step closer to having Charleston County deputies patrol the island full time.

The sheriff’s office pitched a proposal on Thursday to county council’s public safety committee to get it done.

Town Administrator Stephanie Tillerson says full-time patrols are needed because the town’s population is growing and more people are visiting the island, especially during the peak season.

Until now, the town has 50 off duty deputies on the payroll who are paid through the town’s accommodations tax.

“What we and the town have come up with is we start off with two officers working 24 hours a day," said Assistant Sheriff Mitch Lucas."It means they have to have four officers and four vehicles all the time, expenses, and everything that goes along with that.”

Lucas says a similar model has worked in other counties including Beaufort County.

He says Kiawah most likely will still have to use off-duty deputies.

Currently, the town has a contract with the county for off-duty deputies to patrol there, according to town administrator Stephanie Tillerson.

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