Captain Anthony Cretella graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in December of 2004. He joined the Charleston Police Department in April of 2005 and served as a patrolman in Team 2 and Team 4. From there, he became the Department’s lead training officer for the Professional Development and Training Office in May of 2010. Captain Cretella was promoted out of the office as a Sergeant and assigned as a squad supervisor in Team 4 as well as serving as the Patrol Training Sergeant for Team 4. In April of 2015, he was assigned to the Sergeant’s position within the Professional Standards Office. In 2016, Captain Cretella was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and has been assigned as the midnight shift Command Duty Officer, the Commander of Team 4 (West Ashley) and the Commander of Internal Affairs. Captain Cretella currently serves as the Commander of the Professional Standards Division. Captain Cretella is a graduate of the 75th session of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).
Captain Andre Jenkins is from Eutawville, South Carolina and graduated from Holly Hill-Roberts High School in Holly Hill, South Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from South Carolina State University. While in college, Captain Jenkins received numerous athletic awards in Track and Field. After college he was hired by the Charleston Police Department as a patrolman in Team 1. As a member of the Police Department, he has served in different units to include: Foot Patrol, Narcotics, SWAT, Team 4 Power Squad, FIU, Command Duty Officer and the Commander of Special Investigations and Patrol Team 1. Captain Jenkins is currently assigned as the Commander of the Central Division. Captain Jenkins enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Captain Dale Middleton has been with the Charleston Police Department for 28 years. He is currently assigned as the Deputy Commander for the Strategic Analysis and Innovations Division.
His previous assignments include Commander of the East Patrol Division, Commander of the Strategic Analysis and Innovations Division which included Professional Standards, Training Division and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA). He has also served as the Commander in Central Investigations and several Patrol Divisions.
Captain Middleton received a Bachelor of Science Degree with a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice from East Tennessee University. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police. In 2002, he was selected to participate in law enforcement exchange programs involving Southern Australia Police, in Adelaide, Southern Australia.
Captain Middleton has extensive experience in administrative and leadership positions complemented by strong organizational, communication, problem-solving, decision making and multitasking capabilities.
He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association, and Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officer Association.
Captain Chip Searson is a native Charlestonian who was raised in West Ashley. He attended Charleston County public schools, graduating from St. Andrews Parish High School in 1975. In 1977 he joined the Charleston Police Department as a member of the Police Cadet Program which gave those interested in law enforcement an opportunity to serve within various areas of the department. In 1979, he graduated from the SC Criminal Justice Academy earning the J.P. Strom Award as the top honor graduate in his basic training class.
He continued his education earning degrees from Trident Technical College, Southern Illinois University, and The Citadel College of Graduate Studies. Captain Searson also attended the FBI National Academy graduating in 1997 (Session 189).
During the span of his career, Captain Searson has received many professional and community service awards while serving in numerous commands to include Patrol and Investigations. Captain Searson’s previous commands include the Commander of the Peninsula Patrol Division, Forensic Services Unit, Patrol Teams 2 and 4, Narcotics Unit, and the Traffic Division. His former ancillary duties include those as Commander of the Underwater Recovery, Hazardous Material Team, and Command Post Operations.
Captain Searson presently commands the Special Operations Division which includes several full time units; Traffic Division (Motors, DUI Enforcement/Investigation, Harbor Patrol, K-9, Transport), School Safety (SRO’s, School Safety Response), Quick Response SWAT, and the Office of Special Events. He also commands several ancillary Units; SWAT, Explosive Device, Crisis Negotiation, Underwater Response/Swiftwater Rescue, Civil Disturbance, Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drone), Community Service Officers, and Honor Guard.
He and his wife Karen are involved in many community activities and have five children and one grandchild.
Captain Dustin Thompson graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Captain Thompson completed the SC Criminal Justice Academy in 2002 and started with the department assigned to patrol West Ashley in Team 4. In 2005, Captain Thompson joined the department’s Harbor Patrol Unit assisting the Department of Homeland Security securing the Port of Charleston and participating in numerous water and land rescues. In 2007, Captain Thompson joined the department’s Traffic Division serving both in traffic and DUI enforcement as well as the department’s fatal accident investigative team. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant serving in Team’s 2 and 3 as a patrol sergeant. His assignment’s prior to being promoted to Lieutenant in 2016 was serving as the administrative sergeant in both Team 3 and the Burglary Unit of the Central Investigations Division. Captain Thompson has served as the midnight shift Command Duty Officer and the Crimes Against Persons Commander in the Central Investigations Division. Following his promotion to Captain in 2019, he was assigned as the Division Commander for the Office of Community Oriented Policing.
Captain Jack Weiss moved to South Carolina in 1993, to attend Charleston Southern University. He graduated from Charleston Southern University with a Bachelor of Arts as a History Major and Sociology Minor, in May 1997. Captain Weiss became part of the First Police Corps Class, which was held in Baltimore Maryland, in August 1997.
After graduating from the Police Corps in December 1997, he joined the Charleston Police Department in December 1997. Over his time with CPD he worked in Team 2 Patrol for the first four years, and two and a half of those as a Field Training Officer. In 2002, he transferred to the Safe Streets Unit in Special Operations and became a member of the Explosive Devices Team. While in Safe Streets he was promoted to Private First Class and Corporal. In 2005, Captain Weiss became the Supervisor of the Tactical Unit, also under Special Operations. In 2007 he transferred to Team 1 as a Patrol Supervisor. In 2008, Captain Weiss was promoted to the Rank of Sergeant and became the Bomb Squad Commander over the Explosive Devices Team. In 2009 he was transferred to Central Investigation Property Crimes as the Burglary Supervisor. He remained in Burglary as a Supervisor until 2011, when he was promoted to Lieutenant and became a Command Duty Officer. In April 2012, Captain Weiss transferred to the Central Investigations Unit where he served as the Commander of the Crimes Against Persons Unit. In September 2016, Captain Weiss was promoted to his current rank and made the Division Commander of Central Investigations. He stepped down as the Explosive Devices Team Commander at that time. From October through December 2016 he attended the 266th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Captain Weiss was transferred to the Uniform Patrol Division in May 2019 where he is the current Division Commander.