Police Department

The Coward Police Department is a local government law enforcement agency committed to providing professional, courteous and impartial law enforcement services to the residents and visitors of Coward, South Carolina.

For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Coward Police Department
3720 US HWY 52
Coward, SC 29530
Mailing Address:
Coward Police Department
PO BOX 67
Coward, SC 29530
Michael King
Chief of Police
(843) 389-2585
mking@townofcoward.org
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For EMERGENCIES, dial 911.

FAQs

Background Check
The Coward Police Department does not provide background checks.
For an official comprehensive background check, please visit the SLED website: www.sled.state.sc.us.

Fingerprinting
Offered by appointment only.
Cost: $5.00 per card
You will need to present your State issued ID/license
You must bring the fingerprint cards provided to you by the employer / organization / agency. We DO NOT provide fingerprint cards.

Unfortunately, The Coward Police Department does not currently have a ride along program.

You must settle the case made against you in one of the following ways:
1) You must appear in court at the appointed time with your state issued drivers license if indicated in the violation block on the front side of the summons.
2) You may post a cash bond with the appropriate trial court prior to the assigned date of trail. If you decide to mail in your bond rather go to the office mail money order, cashiers check or certified check directly to the trial court office before whom you are summoned to appear. the trial court name and address are are shown on the front side of the summons. DO NOT mail cash or personal check. Be sure to enclose with the bond the arresting officer’s name and the summons number.
3) You may appear in court on the assigned date and time and have a trial conducted by the Trial Judge.

The posting of bond before your assigned trial date in no way affects your right to have a fair trial by the judge or, if you make a written request before your scheduled trial by jury. However, if you are not required to appear in court on the assigned trial date and have previously posted bond and do not appear on the trial date, you bond may be forfeited unless the judge has agreed to have your case heard at another time.

If you fail to post bond or personally appear in court on the assigned trial date, you will be tried in your absence and, if convicted, your home state’s Motor Vehicle Division will be notified to suspend your license until you have cleared this matter with the trial court. Additionally, a willfule failure to appear or post bond is punishable as a separate offense by a fine of up to $200.00 or imprisonment of up to 30 days.

You may pay in person at the Coward Town Hall, located at 3720 US HWY 52 or mail your payment along with a copy of the ticket to PO Box #67, Coward, SC 29530. Personal checks are NOT accepted for payment for traffic. The only acceptable forms of payment are cash, certified checks or money orders. The Clerk of Court window is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
On your copy of the citation is the time and date which was set for your court date.  If you wish to contest the citation, you will be afforded the opportunity at that time to enter a plea and request either a bench trial (trial by judge) or a jury trial (trail by a jury of citizens selected from within the town limits of Coward.)

Proper attire is required for court room appearances. No hats, sunglasses, house shoes, pajamas, clothing with obscene language or inappropriate graphics. Underwear / undergarments will not be exposed. Dress code will be enforced.

Come to the Coward Police Department, located at 3720 US HWY 52. Reports are free of charge for the victims of crimes. The cost of the Police report is $5. Be sure and bring a state issued ID / license. You must be able to provide information about the report you are requesting such as: incident, location, date, time, victim, suspect, etc.
  • Speeding; (1-10 mphs over; $76.88 & 2 points / 11-15 mph over; $128.75 & 4 points / 16-25 mph over; $180.63 & 4 points / 25 + mph over; $440.00 & 6 points)
  • Seatbelt Violation; $25.00
  • Faulty Equipment (i.e. cracked windshield); $232.50
  • Disregard Stop Sign; $232.50 & 4 points
A golf cart may be driven: Only on secondary highways or streets within two miles of the owner’s residence or place of business or to cross a primary highway, only during daylight hours, and only if the operator has a valid driver’s license, liability insurance, and the proper permit from the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (see Section 56-3-115 of the S.C. Code of Laws).
No – The primary aim of traffic law enforcement is to reduce traffic accident, injury and deaths through fair, impartial and reasonable enforcement of the laws. Police officers have discretion in their enforcement of most traffic regulations. Certain offenses require custodial arrest thus negating officers’ ability to issue warnings.
For emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, questions or comments, contact us at (843) 389-2585, or e-mail mking@townofcoward.org or Facebook Coward Police Department.

Links

Florence County Sheriff’s Office
Registered Sex Offenders
Carehouse
Pee Dee Coalition
Florence County Solicitors Office
Florence County (Official County Website)
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
South Carolina State Statutes