Lamar Police Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Lamar Police Department is to protect life and property and to maintain order within the city while assuring fair and respectful treatment of everyone.

Call 911 for all activity or crime that requires emergency response.
For all other non-emergency calls, please contact us at 843-326-5555.
You may contact Chief Scott directly at 843-639-3900.

For all suspicious activity or criminal activity in the Town, everyone is encouraged to use our Anonymous Tip Line.  Callers are not required to leave their name or address.  For all crimes in progress, please call 911.  To speak with someone at the Police Department, please continue to call 843-326-5555.

The Department is currently screening applicants for FT/PT/Reserve Police Officers.
Click here for an application.  Please complete and email to Chief Scott at cscott@lamarsc.org.
For questions, contact Chief Scott.
To submit payment for a Lamar Police Department issued ticket, click here.
Lamar Police Department

Chief of Police Carl Scott

Chief of Police Carl Scott joined the Lamar Police Department June 2019.  Carl Scott is a graduate of Lake City High School and the South Carolina Justice Academy.  For 15 years, he was employed with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, then joined the Kingstree Police Department in 2013.

Chief Scott is married with four children and five grandchildren.  Family and community are very important to him.

Public Safety is the daily mission of the Lamar Police Department and Scott is doing everything he can to make the community safer.  For the community, Scott wants everyone to know he has an open-door policy.  All town members are welcome to come visit him at the department, located behind Town Hall, or call with any concerns.  “Everything that we do, it takes the community helping us out in order to make it happen.  I enjoy my work.  Law enforcement is my life.  I believe in supporting young people, and encourage them to make decisions that will make for good futures.”

Thank you to all of those who support the Lamar Police Department.  The number of blue lights on residences have grown since I started and it is much appreciated.  Let’s continue to work together to make our town safer!

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

SC MOPED LAWS

In the state of South Carolina, individuals age 15 and older may apply for a Class G moped operator’s license by taking a vision and knowledge test at a SCDMV branch.  A skills test is not required for moped applicants.

  • A valid driver’s license or moped license to drive a moped is required.
  • The moped must be registered and have a license plate.
  • Mopeds do not have to carry insurance.

If younger than 16:

  • An individual may only operate a moped alone during daylight hours.
  • During nighttime hours, individuals may operate a moped with a licensed driver who is 21 or older with at least one year of driving experience. That driver must be a passenger on the moped.

Individuals under the age of 21 must wear a helmet while riding a moped.

SC GOLF CART LAWS

In the state of South Carolina, you may purchase a golf cart permit at any SCDMV branch.

  • A permit decal must always be visible on the golf cart.
  • According to the State Code of Laws, if you have a valid driver’s license, you may drive a golf cart during the day within FOUR miles of your home or business and on secondary highways with a speed limit of 35 mph or less.
  • Proof of liability insurance is required for golf carts.
  • No one under the age of 16 is permitted to drive a golf cart.
  • No night driving is allowed.

**For instance, in the Town of Lamar, riding on Main Street where Town Hall is located is permitted because it within the 35 mph limit, however it is NOT permitted to operate a golf cart on Hwy 401 and going on to Davis Street.

WORTHLESS CHECK PROGRAM

The Worthless Check Program is a FREE service to you.  Accepting checks for goods and services is convenient for your customers, but when one goes bad, it is not so convenient for you.  The Fourth Circuit Solicitor’s Office Check Recovery Program is here to help.  This program offers an efficient, effective and prompt way to recover monies from bearers of bad checks.  Take back control of your cash flow.

Call 843-479-6516 or click here to learn more about the program.

You may visit The Fourth Circuit Solicitor’s Office website here to learn more about the restorative justice programs offered and to obtain assistance.  South Carolina Solicitors administer administrative and diversion programs as alternatives to traditional court processes such as Pre-Trial Intervention, the Worthless Check Program and Alcohol Education.  These programs, along with several others, are very effective in helping individuals get on the right track.

MUNICIPAL COURT RULES

Municipal Court meets at Town Hall on the third Monday of every month. For more information, please click here.

PROPER DRESS IS REQUIRED FOR COURT
No Flip Flop Sandals
No Baggy Pants
No Hats or Du-Rags
No Sunshades
No Short Pants

RESPECT THE RULES OF THE COURT
No Cell Phones or Pagers
No Children Allowed in Court Room
No Food or Drink Allowed in Court Room
No Chewing Gum Allowed in Court Room
No Loud Talking

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

All Emergencies911
Chief Scott Direct Line843-639-3900
Police Department843-326-5555
After Hours Non-Emergency843-398-4920
Anonymous Tip Line843-326-1449
Darlington County Sheriff’s Office843-398-4501

• Committed to the safety of each resident. •