Dept. of Public Safety


It is our mission to work closely with our community to provide intuitive, effective, and professional public safety services: intuitive to the needs and wants of the citizens of Folly Beach; effective in our most basic purpose of protecting and serving those whom we are sworn to defend; and professional during each and every citizen contact, no matter the reason for the interaction.


The department has a staff that is smart, diverse, experienced and dedicated to improving your level of service. 



Chief Andrew Gilreath

Director of Public Safety

It is our mission to work closely with our community to provide intuitive, effective, and professional public safety services: intuitive to the needs and wants of the citizens of Folly Beach; effective in our most basic purpose of protecting and serving those whom we are sworn to defend; and professional during each and every citizen contact, no matter the reason for the interaction.


The department has a staff that is smart, diverse, experienced and dedicated to improving your level of service. 



A message from Chief Gilreath
Words we live by

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and welcome you to our island home. Folly Beach is a unique and special place and I hope your time here is a safe and memorable one. I am blessed to have been trusted with leading a diverse and talented group of folks tasked with ensuring all facets of the safety and security in this beautiful city. I have been a proud member of the department since 2012 and have served in capacities from Patrol Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant, Assistant Chief, and now Director of Public Safety. During my free time, I love doing most anything outdoors, especially shooting sports, golfing and fishing.


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Here are some of the qualities that the FB Dept of Public Safety prides itself on:


  • Serving the citizens and visitors of Folly Beach with fairness and integrity.
  • Maintaining a high level of community policing and officer approachability.
  • Achieving South Carolina professional department accreditation.
  • Maintaining our positive working relationships with surrounding agencies.
  • Common sense policing. Doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason.


How do I...?

How do I get to you?


How do I reach you?

Important Public Safety Numbers

Dispatch: 843-588-2433

Non-Emergency Line: 843-588-7003

Fax: 843-588-7009

Records: 843-513-1845

Administrative Secretary: 843-513-1845

Beach Rules and Regulations: 843-588-2447 Extension 3

Parking: 843-588-2447 Extension 2

How to Appeal a Parking Ticket: 843-513-1925

Animal Services: 843-588-7003

We want to hear from you.

We at Folly Beach DPS are always mindful of our continued ability to improve; I welcome any and all feedback both positive and negative. This feedback helps guide our department in its mission to become the kind of agency that this city wants and deserves.