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North Police Department

Message from the Chief

Chief Mark P FallawMark P. Fallaw was appointed Chief of Police for the Town of North, South Carolina on September 9, 2002. Established in 1892, North is located approximately thirty-four miles south of Columbia and has a population just over eight hundred residents.

The North Police Department is comprised of three full-time sworn police officers, two reserve officers and one civilian employee. The North Police Department is a proactive department with a primary focus of promoting a community-oriented policing concept. The concept insures the promotion of problem-solving rather that mere response to calls for service. The Department provides safety education seminars, investigates and prosecutes all criminal offenses and provides victim assistance to any victim of crime.

Prior to joining the North Police Department, Chief Fallaw served in various capacities for municipal, regional, county and special-government law enforcement agencies. His eighteen-year governmental public service record has given him specialized experience in traffic enforcement, accident and reconstruction investigation, narcotic investigation, as well as arson, burglary and homicide investigation. He has over thirteen years experience in supervisory and management positions and more than ten years of law enforcement teaching experience. Additionally, Chief Fallaw has also taught safety and educational programs to preschool through college in both public and private schools for the past twelve years.

For the past six years, Chief Fallaw has focused on risk management and liability assessment. As a senior administrator and law enforcement executive, his background has afforded him the opportunity to review policies and procedures for other organizations and includes liability review for civil actions. Most recently, Chief Fallaw was the chief executive law enforcement administrator for the Columbia College Police Department in Columbia, South Carolina. He developed and implemented policies and procedures for the Columbia College Police Department that enabled the department to be an accredited law enforcement agency. Additionally, Chief Fallaw spearheaded efforts to have the South Carolina Legislature amend Title 59, Chapter 116 of the South Carolina Code of Laws in its entirety in an attempt to reduce civil liability for all private college police agencies throughout South Carolina. Through his efforts, Chief Fallaw has established a positive rapport with organizations, agencies and leaders in South Carolina and has implemented agreements to further assist in limiting liability for departments.

A native of South Carolina, Chief Fallaw holds an Associate degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Midland's Technical College in Columbia where he graduated magna cum laude. He was also a College Ambassador and President of Phi Theta Kappa. Chief Fallaw holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs with a minor in Political Science from Columbia College.

In addition to his formal education, Chief Fallaw has completed numerous investigation, supervision and executive management courses sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, Criminal Justice Academy Division, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the South Carolina Fire Academy, the National Fire Academy, the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Chief Fallaw is an active member and committee member for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officer's Association as well as a past member, committee chair and executive office holder for the South Carolina Campus Law Enforcement Association. He is a member of the South Carolina Police Chief's Association, the National Police Chief's Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Fallaw serves on numerous safety and educational committees, organizations and associations throughout South Carolina. Chief Fallaw has been recognized for outstanding accomplishments and service in leadership, management, and training and for his knowledge, expertise and contributions to law enforcement and civic organizations.

Chief Fallaw's most recent contributions to the Town of North include the implementation of the North Police Department Policy and Procedure ManualŠ which incorporates recognized standards and criteria by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, a reformed set of safety guidelines for officers dealing with blood borne and air borne pathogens and the re-codification of the entire North Town CodeŠ. Fallaw pledges to continue to maintain high standards in promoting the effectiveness and efficiency of the department and vows to continually strive to build positive relationships in the community.


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