Lieutenants

Lieutenant Thomas Adams

Lieutenant Thomas Adams earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Curriculum Development from Southern Illinois University and Master of Arts in Education from The Citadel. He is a 2018 graduate of the LECC/SCLEOA SC Law Enforcement Commanders College.

During his 20-year tenure in law enforcement he was assigned to following areas: Uniform Patrol Division, Special Operations Division, Team 4 Investigations, Central Investigation Division, Professional Development and Training, Community Outreach, Commander of Team Three Patrol Division (James/Johns Island) and Chief of Staff for Chief Reynolds. He is currently assigned as the Training Commander and the SWAT/Bomb/K9 Commander.

In addition to his various assignments, Lieutenant Adams has served on the Civil Disturbance Unit, Underwater Recovery Unit and has been an operator on the SWAT Team for 16 years including 5 years as the Team Leader. Additionally, he served eight years as a Navy Diver attached to Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit Six prior to joining the City of Charleston Police Department in 1999.
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Lieutenant Jason Bruder

Lieutenant Jason Bruder graduated Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Long Island University with a Master of Science in Homeland Security Management.  Lt. Bruder completed SC Police Corps in 2002 and started with the department assigned to Team 1.  From there, he moved on to Narcotics and then to Team 4 Patrol.  In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was the first supervisor of the Field Intelligence Unit. His assignment prior to being promoted to Lieutenant in 2015 was to oversee the creation of the School Security Response Team.  After serving as a Patrol Commander for Team 4 (West Ashley) and Team 3 (James & Johns Islands), Lt. Bruder is currently assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police as the Chief of Staff.  In addition to his primary duties, he is also the Commander of the Civil Disturbance Unit, a member of the American Society of Evidence Based Policing, and a NIJ/IACP Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholar. 

In addition to his various assignments, Lt. Bruder also served on the SWAT Team as an operator for 9 years. He has extensive training in high risk operations, firearms instructions, and is certified in Crisis Intervention. He is also a graduate of the 62nd Session of the Administrative Offices Management Program.

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Lieutenant Anita Craven

Lieutenant Anita Craven
 currently serves as the Commander of the Team 6 (School Security Response Team and School Resource Officer Unit).  She joined the Charleston Police Department in 1993.  She has served the Department in Patrol Teams One, Three, Four, and Five. She has also worked as a Team Investigator, as a Crime Prevention Officer, and as a Burglary Detective.  Lieutenant Craven has previously served as the Commander of the Professional Standards Office, the Team Five Commander, the Team Three Commander, and the Property Crimes Commander.  

Her educational background includes graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Charleston.  She also received her Master of Arts in Human Resource Management in 2001. 

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Lieutenant James Byrne

Lieutenant Byrne has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience.  He has been assigned as the Team 9 commander since May, 2019, overseeing the officers who patrol the city’s Central Business District along King Street, Market Street, and the surrounding neighborhoods.  Lieutenant Byrne joined the Charleston Police Department in January, 2000, and his initial assignment was as a patrol officer in Team 4.  He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2003, to Sergeant in 2007, and to Lieutenant in 2012.  He served as a patrol supervisor in Teams 4 and 1, and he spent three years as an investigator in the Professional Standards Office.  His previous command roles have included serving as a midnight shift Command Duty Officer and as the Team 5 Commander.

 Lieutenant Byrne spent more than 15 years as a member of the department’s Explosive Devices Team, leaving as the longest-serving member and bomb technician in the team’s history.  He graduated from the FBI’s Hazardous Devices School in May, 2005 and received certification as a bomb technician.  Lieutenant Byrne served as the Bomb Squad Commander from November, 2016 through December, 2018, at which time he concluded his service with the team.

Prior to joining the Charleston Police Department, Lieutenant Byrne served as a Border Patrol Agent with the United States Border Patrol.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, with dual majors in Business, Economics, and the Law, and Political Science.  Lieutenant Byrne is a graduate of Session 74 of PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).  He was a joint recipient of the 2006 Officer of the Year award from the Exchange Club of Charleston.  He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI).

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Lieutenant Anthony Cretella


Lieutenant 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. Lieutenant 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, Lieutenant Cretella was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and has been assigned as the midnight shift Command Duty Officer and the Commander of Team 4 (West Ashley).  Lieutenant Cretella currently serves as the Commander of the Professional Standards Unit.

In addition to his various assignments, Lieutenant Cretella is the assistant commander of the Civil Disturbance Unit and has been a member since 2006.  He currently oversees the Department’s TASER and Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) programs and is involved in leadership classes that the Department hosts.

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Lieutenant Peter Farrell

Lieutenant Peter Farrell,

 

who currently serves as the Crime Information Operations Center (CIOC), Animal Services, and Special Projects Commander, joined the Charleston Police Department full-time in 1995. He has served the Department in Patrol Teams One, Two, and Three.  He has also worked as a Team Investigator and a Burglary Detective. Lieutenant Farrell has previously served as a Command Duty Officer, Team Three Commander and the Property Crimes Unit Commander in the Central Investigations Unit.  In addition to his primary duties, he is also a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team. 

His educational background includes graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Justice from the State University of New York College at Oswego. He received his Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Charleston Southern University in 2001. 

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Lieutenant Robert Gamard

Lieutenant Robert Gamard graduated from the University of South Carolina in the Spring of 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  In August 1997 he attended the First Police Corps Training Academy in Baltimore, Maryland.  After graduating from the Police Corps, he began working here at the Charleston Police Department in the Patrol Division.  His previous experience includes 13 years in the Uniformed Patrol Division (Team’s One, Two, Three and Foot Patrol) along with assignments in the warrants division as well as the Administrative Sergeant in both Team’s One and Two. When assigned to Team One, he also served on the CPD Hiring Board and as the Patrol Training Coordinator for new recruits. He also served as a midnight Command Duty Officer and Team Two Commander.  He is a recent graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Police (SMIP) in Boston, MA.

In addition to the above various assignments, Lieutenant Gamard has assisted in instructing many training classes here at CPD to include Leadership,  Block Training and the Field Training Program.  He is also a certified OC and Taser Instructor.  He is a co-commander of the Peer Support Team.  He is currently assigned as the Crimes Against Property Commander, in the Central Investigations Division.

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​Lieutenant Charles Hawkins

Lieutenant Charles Hawkins
 is currently assigned to the Operations Bureau, Commander, Team One.  In this capacity, he is directly responsible for all police related operations encompassing the northeast end of the peninsula of Charleston. He accomplishes his mission with 75 sworn personnel.  Lt. Hawkins began his career with the Charleston Police Department in 1984 after serving two years with the Department of Public Safety as a patrol officer assigned to Trident Technical College in North Charleston, S.C.  Since joining the Charleston Police Department he has held critical positions in the Operations, Administrative, and Investigative Bureaus and is well versed in all aspects of police field and internal operations.  He is a graduate of the 182nd Session, FBI National Academy, and during his career has traveled across the county speaking to community groups on strategies to impact neighborhood crime and crime reductions initiatives.  He also serves as an executive board member with the Police Association for College Education, chartered to improve professional standards in policing through formal college education initiatives. 

Lieutenant Hawkins is also retired from the United States Air Force Reserve. He is a veteran of the Gulf and Iraq War where he served as First Sergeant advising Commanders on issues affecting morale, welfare, utilization of forces, and the overall well-being of the enlisted force. He also served as an adjunct instructor at the U.S. Air Force First Sergeant Academy.

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Lieutenant Andre Jenkins

Lieutenant 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, Lt. 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.  Lt. Jenkins is currently assigned as the Commander of Patrol Team 1. Lt. Jenkins enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Lieutenant Heath King

Lieutenant Heath King is currently assigned as the Commander of Team Four (West Ashley).  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina.

He is also a 1997 graduate of the Baltimore, Maryland Police Corps Academy. After graduating from the Police Corps, he began at the Charleston Police Department in the Team One patrol division.  Lt. King also spent time in Team Four and as a fugitive investigator in the Warrants Division.  He also spent time in the Traffic Division as a motor officer and supervisor.  He was certified in Collision Reconstruction and assisted in the investigation of major collisions that occurred in the city.  Lt. King also served as patrol supervisor in the Team Two area and was assigned as the Tourism liaison for the Police Department. He works daily with the city’s business services, zoning, planning and transportation departments to maintain a successful management plan for the city’s growing hospitality areas.  Prior to his current assignment, Lt. King was the Commander of Team Nine (Central Business District), the portion of the city that included the Market and King Street.

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Lieutenant Patrick McLaughlin

Lieutenant Patrick McLaughlin graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology in May of 2002. He joined the Charleston Police Department in August of 2002 and served as a patrol officer in Team 1 for 6 years. From there, he was assigned to the Accreditation Office and assisted in maintaining the Department’s CALEA accreditation. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served as a patrol supervisor in Teams 1, 2 and 4. In 2012, he was selected to become the Department’s Accreditation Manager and presided over the process through 2 consecutive Gold Standard on-sites where the Department received Accreditation with Excellence. In 2018, Lieutenant McLaughlin was promoted to his current rank and assigned to serve as a midnight shift Command Duty Officer. Lieutenant McLaughlin currently serves as the Patrol Commander of Team 5 on Daniel Island.

 

In addition to his various assignments, Lieutenant McLaughlin has been a Specific Skills Instructor and a Driving Instructor since 2009. He has assisted in the instruction of many training classes for the Department to include: Block training, Pre-Academy, CALEA familiarization and Driving. He has also received a Departmental Commendation, a SC House of Representatives Resolution, and was awarded the Department’s Lifesaver Award in 2016.

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Lieutenant Shylah Murray

Lieutenant Shylah Murray is a graduate of The Citadel with a Master of Arts in Social Science and of Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Lt. Murray began with the Department in Team 4 and made her way to the Vice Unit. After Vice she served for many years as a Detective in Central Investigations until she was promoted to Sergeant. While serving as a Sergeant, Lt. Murray worked as a patrol supervisor in Team 4 and the Team 3 administrative Sergeant. Lt. Murray has always been engaged with the diverse communities that reside in Charleston. Lt. Murray currently runs the Community Outreach Division.

In addition to her role within the Charleston Police Department, Lt. Murray has served as the Charleston Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 President since 2007. Lt. Murray is also a member of the Civil Disturbance Team.

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Lieutenant Arthur Myers

Lieutenant Arthur Myers

 

is a graduate of  Hanahan High School and The Citadel.  He also has a Master’s Degree from Liberty University.  Currently he commands Patrol Team 2.  Prior assignments as a commander include Professional Development and Training, Team Three and Command Duty Officer.

Lt Myers is also the Commander of the Underwater Response-Swiftwater Rescue Team (URST).

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Lieutenant Katrina Rivers

Lieutenant Katrina Rivers

 

has been with the Charleston Police Department for 22 years.  She completed an internship with the City of Charleston Police Department in the summer of 1995  and received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from The University of South Carolina with a minor in Sociology and Social Work in December 1995. In 1996, she completed training to become a volunteer Reserve Officer with the City of Charleston. In February 1997, she joined the department as a sworn officer. During her tenure, Lieutenant Rivers has been assigned to various areas to include Team 4 (West Ashley), the Vice Unit, Team 2 (supervisor/Corporal - Downtown), administration/Training Division, Team 3 (Sergeant - James and Johns Island), Team 5 Commander (Lieutenant - Daniel Island) and she is currently assigned as the midnight shift Command Duty Officer. During her 22 years, Lt. Rivers has received various training to include becoming a certified instructor, various specific skills training, and management/leadership training.

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Lieutenant Matthew Stanley

Lieutenant Matthew Stanley earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University. He is a 2015 graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP), which provides graduate level management and leadership education for law enforcement professionals as part of the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University.

During his 15-year career in law enforcement he has been assigned to the following areas: Uniform Patrol Division, Team 2 Investigations, and Central Investigation Division (Violent Crimes Unit/Homicide). He is currently assigned to the Investigations Bureau as the Commander of Crimes Against Persons.

In addition to his various assignments, Lieutenant Stanley is an active member of the Crisis Negotiation Team and has served on the Team since 2008.

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Lieutenant Corey Taylor

Lieutenant Corey Taylor grew up in North Charleston, SC and graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2004 and a Master of Science in Mathematics in 2006.  Lieutenant Taylor joined the Charleston Police Department in June of 2008 after serving as a mathematics teacher at West Ashley High School from 2004-2008.  After graduation from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and being awarded the J.P. Strom Award, he served as a patrol officer, field training officer, and bicycle patrol officer in Team 1 until 2014.  He was then transferred to Special Operations/Traffic where he remained until he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2016.  He then served as a patrol sergeant in Team 2 until being transferred to the Team 4 Community Action Team in 2017.  In 2018, he was transferred back to Special Operations/Traffic where he served as a supervisor on the Charleston Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team.  He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2019 and currently serves as the Commander of Team 3, which covers James and Johns Islands.

Lieutenant Taylor has been recognized for his dedication to traffic enforcement and community activities by the 9th Circuit Law Enforcement Network.  He received the SC Department of Public Safety DUI Hero award for his dedication to reducing impaired driving collisions.  He also served as the director of the Charleston Police Department's GO 360 Youth basketball camp in 2017 and 2018.

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Lieutenant Michael Thomas

Lieutenant Michael Thomas
 was born and raised in Lima, Ohio.  He was in the United States Air Force from 1986-1990.  Lt. Thomas earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University in 1994.  He was awarded the JP Strom Award at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in 1996.  Lt. Thomas has been on Team 2 patrol and was the Team 2 investigator.  Lt. Thomas has also served as a Narcotics Detective, Team 3 Patrol Supervisor, served on the SWAT team for 14 yrs, a Team Leader, and served as the SWAT Commander, Team 3 Administrative Sergeant, Professional Standards Sergeant, Administrative Support Lieutenant, Special Events and Projects, the Special Units Lieutenant and School Resource Officers and the School Security Response Team.  He is currently the Commander of Special Investigations.  

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Lieutenant Matthew Wojslawowicz


Lieutenant Matthew Wojslawowicz
 was born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey and graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  Wojslawowicz joined the Charleston Police Department in January 2004.  After graduation from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, he served as a patrol officer and field training officer in Team 4 until 2006, when he was transferred to Special Operations / Traffic. In 2010, he was transferred to the Central Investigations Division where he remained until he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2011.  Wojslawowicz then served as a patrol sergeant in Team 2 until being transferred to Special Units / Team 7 as the administrative sergeant in 2012. In 2018, Wojslawowicz was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and currently serves as the Commander of Special Operations / Traffic and oversees the Charleston Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Unit, Harbor Patrol Unit, K-9 Unit, Prisoner Transport Unit, Reserve Police Officers, and Community Service Officers (volunteers).  He is the Commander of the Major Accident Investigation Team and serves as the chairman of the Accident & Safety Review Board for the Department. 

Lieutenant Wojslawowicz has been recognized as Officer of the Year by the Charleston Police Department, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, and the Charleston Exchange Club for his efforts in the area of impaired driving enforcement, education, and outreach.  He has also received three Departmental Commendations and was awarded the department’s Lifesaver Award in 2018.  Wojslawowicz graduated with a Master of Arts degree in History in 2008 at which time he was named to the prestigious Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society.  He also graduated with an Executive Juris Doctorate degree in 2015, achieving Dean's List honors.

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