South Carolina Department of Public Safety




UPDATED: February 11, 2014

Contact: SCDPS Communications Office:

Sherri Iacobelli, 803-896-8747 or  Lt. Kelley Hughes, 803-896-0221


 --UPDATED: SCDPS Communications Office Information --



Media: Thank you for all you do to help us communicate vital safety and traffic information to the public. We value our positive working relationship with you. The SC Department of Public Safety includes: the SC Highway Patrol, State Transport Police, Bureau of Protective Services, Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs, Immigration Enforcement Unit and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame. Below are the various ways we issue news alerts and information to the media and how you can reach us. Please share this with all of your reporters and assignment editors since we have had some recent changes. Feel free to respond to me directly or to Lt. Kelley Hughes with any suggestions or problems you may have encountered with receiving information in the past or suggestions on how we can better communicate with you and your reporters.


SCDPS makes every effort to gather information for your stories, including statistical and FOIA requests, in a timely manner. To help us better serve you, please send us your requests as early as possible – especially regarding requests for documents or statistics. Requests for statistical information are fulfilled in the order that we receive them. When requesting information, it also helps us to know your deadline constraints.   


·         SCDPS web site: Please monitor the Media/Current Events site for updates that will be helpful to you This contains the news releases, upcoming events, media contact information, and the procedure to file an FOIA. You may also access real-time traffic information, hit and run information etc. on the Highway Patrol’s site at;


·         Freedom of Information requests need to be processed through Ada Schmidt, the SCDPS FOIA Officer, in our Communications Office;; She may be reached at 803-896-7759 or


·         SCHP Community Relations Officers: Will release information on traffic and collisions primarily through the recorded SCDPS Media Line. That can be accessed at 803-896-8144. Please keep in mind that you can skip over old messages by hitting # (pound) or (Fast forward thru messages by pressing “3” or “33,” press “2” for pause or press “1” or “11” to rewind the message.);


·         Nixle: These are text alerts that can be sent to your phone and/or e-mail. This is the most timely way to receive notifications that we have posted new information to the media box regarding fatal collisions, major traffic incidents/tie-ups etc. You may subscribe by texting ‘hpupstate’ (for information regarding Troops 1-4); or by texting ‘hplowstate’ (for information regarding Troops 5-7) to “888777;” you can subscribe to both if you wish to receive information that concerns the entire state;


·         News Releases: Information about campaigns and less time-sensitive information will be sent via e-mail from the Communications Office and on occasion from your local CRO; Those news releases will be posted on the Media/Current Events site for future reference; We will also post information and photographs to the SCDPS Facebook account;


·         All media inquiries regarding personnel, policy and non-routine traffic matters will be handled by the SCDPS Communications Office – Sherri Iacobelli or Lt. Kelley Hughes.


·         Requests for Highway Safety statistics should be sent through the Communications Office and will be coordinated through Jordan Hix, OHS Public Affairs Manager.


·         Our e-mail lists quickly get outdated; please send your updated and/or preferred e-mail contact information to Lt. Kelley Hughes: so we can update our files.


SCDPS PIO/Media Contacts:


Sherri Iacobelli,
Communications Director
Office: (803) 896-8747
Cell: (803) 331-7819

Lt. Kelley Hughes,
Communications Liaison
Office: (803) 896-0221
Cell: (803) 530-1664
Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs
Jordan Hix,
Public Affairs Manager
Office: (803) 896-9402
Cell: (803) 240-6113
SC Highway Patrol Community Relations Office
Sgt. Bob Beres,
CRO Unit Commander
Office: (803) 896-8164
Cell: (803) 608-8013

Community Relations Officers Media Line: (803) 896-8144
Contact Troop 1-7
State Transport Police
Cpl. Michael Still,
Community Relations Officer
Office: (803) 896-5502
Cell: (803) 530-7181
Bureau of Protective Services
Senior Officer Brandis McNulty,
Community Relations Officer
Office: (803) 394-1281 BrandisMcNulty@SCDPS.GOV
FOIA Services
Ada Schmidt,
FOIA Officer
Freedom of Information Requests
Office: (803) 896-7759 FOIA@SCDPS.GOV
Community Relations Officers (Troop 1-7)

Sgt. Bob Beres, CRO Unit Commander

(803) 896-8164
Cell: (803) 608-8013
P.O. Box 1993, Blythewood, SC 29016

Beres Lance Corporal David G. Jones - TROOP 1
(803) 737-6721
Media: (803) 896-8144 ext. 1
Media Line Instructions
1626 Shop Road, Columbia SC 29201

Beres Lance Corporal T.C. Keller - TROOP 2
(864) 889-9324
Media: (803) 896-8144 ext. 2
Media Line Instructions
1801 By-pass 25 SE, Greenwood, SC 29646

Beres Corporal W. T. Rhyne - TROOP 3
(864) 552-5024
Media: (803) 896-8144 ext. 3
Media Line Instructions
33 Villa Road, Suite 200, Box 103, Greenville, SC 29615

Beres Lance Corporal B. W. Elder - TROOP 4
(803) 391-5478
(803) 896-8144 ext. 4
Media Line Instructions
454 S. Anderson Rd., Rock Hill, SC  29730

Beres Corporal Sonny Collins - TROOP 5
(803) 206-6746
Media: (803) 896-8144 ext. 5
Media Line Instructions
3415 East Palmetto Street, Florence, SC, 29506

Beres Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly - TROOP 6
(843) 953-6008
Media: (803) 896-8144 ext. 6
Media Line Instructions
8740 N. Park Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29418

Beres Lance Corporal Judd Jones - TROOP 7
(803) 531-6855
Media: (803) 896-8144 ext. 7
Media Line Instructions
1718 Charleston Hwy, Orangeburg, SC 29135

Beres Corporal Joyce Myrick - SC Highway Patrol
Occupant Restraint Coordinator for Child Passenger Safety
(843) 953-6050
(843) 209-7950
8740 North Park Blvd -Suite 149 North Charleston, SC 29406

Beres Rev. Ben Colley - SC Highway Patrol
Community Outreach Coordinator
803-896-8180 |
P.O. Box 1993, Blythewood, SC 29016








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