Message from the Chief

On behalf of the dedicated employees of the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, it is my privilege to welcome you to our website. I hope you find the content informative and helpful in learning more about the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety (ODPS), our employees, and the services we provide to our community.

The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety is a fully accredited consolidated agency that provides police and fire services for the citizens of Orangeburg. The ODPS has a diverse professional and accomplished leadership team in place to lead the men and women who make up the ranks of our agency. In addition, promotions from within and the hiring of new recruits is bringing energy, fresh ideas, and new leadership styles – positive change grows both individuals and organizations.

The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety is committed to implementing best practices, evaluating our procedures, and improving processes by which we deliver services to our citizens. We endeavor to maintain trust through open communication, operational transparency, and accountability for our actions.

The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety places a premium on developing innovative strategies to prevent and solve crime through collaborative community partnerships and providing the highest level of professional fire services. Embracing new strategies and partnerships builds our capacity to provide outstanding police service, thus enhancing the quality of life in our city.

I extend my heartfelt appreciation to the City Administrator, Mayor, City Council, and all our staff for their confidence and support.

It is my honor to serve as Director of Public Safety for the City of Orangeburg, as we strive each day to hold up the banner of our agency motto:

“An Agency of Excellence-Serving With Integrity”. 

Charles P. Austin Sr.
Main 803-533-5904