In its continuing commitment to transparency to the public, the Beaufort Police Department will begin to report on the disposition of cases that have been adjudicated.
The department is first publishing weapons-related charges. Why? “Over the past year, I have attended many community meetings and spoken to many residents of the City of Beaufort,” Police Chief Dale McDorman said. “During these conversations, I am asked the same question, sometimes in different context, but all asking the same thing, ‘Chief, why don’t your officers do more about the violent crime here in the city?’" These concerns led the department to take a closer look at what happens once arrests are made.
“I do not believe that as a society we can arrest our way out of the violence that we are seeing today,” Chief McDorman said. “Today, however, I do believe that having consequences for those who do face charges would go a long way in reducing violent crime in our community, which is why I decided to start with weapons law violations.”