Ron Bosler - Police Chief

"Abbeville Police Department is committed to providing our community with highly-trained, professional officers. We are dedicated to maintaining a strong, positive relationship with the community. We feel this is necessary in our efforts to reduce crime and its effects. I urge citizens to utilize our crime tip line or contact our office directly. We are proud to serve the citizens of Abbeville."

Contact Information

Emergency Calls: Dial 911 

In Person, visit our office at 102 South Main Street during normal operating hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Non-emergency calls: (864) 366-5843

Crime Tip Line: (864) 366-5834 

Police Chief: (864) 828-0582

Assistant Police Chief: (864) 378-9891

Fax: (864) 366-5837

Mission Statement

The Abbeville Police Department is responsible for promoting the safety of the community and the feeling of security among the citizens of Abbeville, primarily through deterrence, prevention of crime, and the apprehension of offenders. The Police Department staff is entrusted with the enforcement of all laws and ordinances set forth, and to provide service that is fair, honest, prompt, cooperative, helpful, sensitive, and done so in a courteous manner to the satisfaction of the citizens of Abbeville.


Uniform Patrol

Uniform patrol is the "core" of the Department and is the first to respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service in the City. Officers routinely conduct preliminary investigations of crimes, enforce traffic laws, and promote safety in the City of Abbeville. Officers are also tasked with conducting property checks on residences when owners are out of town, as well as, property checks on businesses during non-business hours. Patrol officers also target street level crimes in all neighborhoods within the City, which is important in helping neighborhoods become a safe place. Their work increases the quality of life in these areas. 

Investigative Division

The Investigative Division is divided into Criminal investigation and Narcotic investigation. The Criminal Investigator has a history of excellence in solving difficult cases throughout the City, which is in part accomplished through community involvement. The Narcotic Investigator focuses on interdiction and seizure of illegal drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamines, and date and club rave drugs. The Narcotic Division can only be successful if its efforts are supported by the community, so if you have any information please call our anonymous tip line at (864) 366-5834.

Special Response Team

The Special Response Team is a specialized unit which is trained to perform dangerous operations, including serving high-risk arrest/search warrants, performing hostage rescue, and engaging heavily armed criminals. The Special Response Team trains on a monthly basis and members volunteer their time.

Records Division

The Records Division is responsible for maintaining all records required by South Carolina Law, including all arrest, warrants, ticket and fingerprint records.

Victim's Advocate Services

The following services are available through the Victim's Advocate Office:

  • Information and explanation about the criminal justice system and its procedures
  • Ensure the rights of all victims are being met
  • Accompaniment to court during, and after, the trial or plea, or for post-sentencing
  • Moral and emotional support
  • Assist eligible victims in preparing Victim Compensation forms and processing with State Office of Victim Assistance
  • Property Recovery assistance for items being held as evidence by the police
  • Employment intervention to explain time missed from work due to any court appearances
  • Referrals to Social Service Agencies, counselors, or others who can assist with emergency needs or professional problems
  • Assistance with any victims' problems or anxieties resulting from the crime
  • Counseling referrals to help crime victims cope with the aftermath of a crime
  • Assistance in completing an Impact Statement

Contact the Victim's Advocate Office at (864) 366-5832.

School Resource Officers

The Department currently employs two School Resource Officers who are assigned to Abbeville High School and Wright Middle School. The following is a highlight of some of the many duties these Officers provide to our community schools:

    • Three roles used to define what SRO's do in schools: law enforcement officer, law related counselor, law related education teacher.
    • SRO's maintain close relationships with the principals and
    • SRO's work closely with parents, students and members of the faculty and community.


Applications for employment with the City of Abbeville Police Department can be obtained at City Hall located at 100 Court Square or by downloading an application from the Human Resources Page. The application process includes the following:

  • Background investigation
  • Drug Screen
  • Medical/physical exam

Applicants also must be:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have a current, valid drivers license
  • No criminal record

Employees must complete nine weeks of intensive training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia. Upon graduation, Officers will be assigned to shift and field training where they will continue their law enforcement training. In-service training towards re-certification is required serveral times during the year. 

The City of Abbeville has a generous benefit package including Medical, Dental, Life insurance, Holidays, Vacation and Sick Leave. The Abbeville Police Department provides competitive local law enforcement salaries within the region.  If you are interested in employment with the City of Abbeville Police Department, contact the Department at (864) 366-5832 or the City Human Resources Department.

Crime Prevention Tips

Download a copy of the Police Department's Crime Prevention Tips.

Request for Property Check

If you would like to have the City of Abbeville Police Department check on your property while you are away, please fill out this form and return by email or in-person to: 

Abbeville Police Department; 102 South Main Street; Abbeville, SC 29620

Property checks can range from one day up to two weeks.

Property Check Form.