Lawmakers ask SLED to investigate Horry County Police Department

Local lawmakers have asked SLED to investigate allegations of misconduct at the Horry County Police Department – allegations that were made in an anonymous letter sent to area leaders, purporting to be from an officer in the department.

The unsigned letter states that the author and other officers had hoped an outside agency would investigate the department after a controversy erupted earlier this year over the nomination of a former county police officer for a magistrate’s position in Georgetown County.
The former officer withdrew his name from consideration after embarrassing records about his past were released. The letter writer said the former officer was treated unfairly by people inside the police department.
The letter also describes reports of domestic violence calls at an officer’s home being purged from the county’s records system; drugs and money disappearing from the evidence room; and instances of officers traveling to motorcycle rallies in county vehicles.

The problem with this story is that the allegations are based on an anonymous letter. If there is misconduct, if there is destruction of evidence and cover-ups occurring that warrant investigation, someone should have the balls to come forward and make things right, and make themselves known in the process. Anonymous letters, like anonymous comments on blogs, have no credibility because it is difficult to check the facts, there is no person available to provide testimony or to answer follow up questions, and there is no way to ascertain the motivations of the anonymous whistle blower.
With no source listed, we are left to assume that the source is, or is connected to, the former Horry County Police Department employee who did not get the magistrate job that he wanted, referenced in the Horry County Police email snafu.
The article, however, also references other anonymous complaints (at least, there are no names listed as the sources):

State Sen. Ray Cleary, R-Murrells Inlet, told the Herald that there have been more complaints than a single anonymous letter. He said he’s heard concerns about the department from magistrates, police officers and Horry County Council members.

SLED has not yet said whether they are opening an investigation.

2 Responses to “Lawmakers ask SLED to investigate Horry County Police Department

  • I did not write the letter!
    But we do have first hand experience.
    Our experience with Horry County Police Department while investigating the death of my son more than shows corruption. Not all is reported on the web site Look up John Petrazzuoli, Jr.
    The laws must be changed and all police department should be held accountable when they blatantly cover up a crime and do not do their job.

  • Errol Gumusdere
    3 years ago

    Hcpd I corrupted dept. .so is mbpd. I never seen anything like this in my life. I spend $3000 ,to put cameras just for these clowns.

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