The Sheriff of Pickens County, in conjunction with the provisions identified in SC Department of Corrections Regulation 33-1 and South Carolina Code of Laws Section 24-7-155, has designated the following items as contraband within the Pickens County Detention Facility:

Regulation 33-1

  1. Any item which was not issued to the inmate officially or which cannot be purchased by him or her from the jail canteen.
  2. Weapons, any and all firearms, knives of any kind and all descriptions, clubs, billies or any other article that may be used for offense or defense.
  3. Drugs of any description and particularly barbiturates, narcotics, medicines and poison.
  4. Any and all types of alcoholic drinks and any liquid containing alcohol.
  5. Keys and locks.
  6. Tools of any description not approved for issue to inmates by the Facility Manager
  7. Money in any denomination or amount not submitted through the inmate treasurer.

Additional items deemed as contraband by the Pickens County Sheriff under SC Law 24-7-155 include the following:

  • Food items from outside the facility
  • Glass or metal containers
  • Chewing gum
  • Tobacco products of any kind
  • Pornographic material
  • Pick combs
  • Lighters or matches of any type
  • Aftershave or cologne
  • Aerosol containers
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Any item, even if issued, when used in a manner for which it was not designed or has been altered in any manner.

Notice is hereby served on all inmates and their visitors and any other person that the provisions of 24-7-55, SC Code 1976 will be enforced; and all persons are urged to observe the law and refrain from violating this section.

SECTION 24-7-155

Furnishing or possessing contraband in county, municipal, or multijurisdictional jail, prison camp, work camp, or overnight lockup facility prohibited; penalty.

It is unlawful for a person to furnish or attempt to furnish a prisoner in any county, municipal, or multijurisdictional jail, prison camp, work camp, or overnight lockup facility with a matter declared to be contraband. It is unlawful for an inmate of a facility to possess a matter declared to be contraband. Matters considered contraband within the meaning of this section are those which are designated as contraband and published by the Department of Corrections as Regulation 33-1 of the Department of Corrections and this regulation must be displayed in a conspicuous place available and visible to visitors and inmates at the facility. The facility manager of a local detention facility, with the approval of the sheriff or chief administrative officer as appropriate, may designate additional items as contraband. Notice of the additional items must be displayed with Regulation 33-1.

A person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be punished by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars nor more than ten thousand dollars or imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or both.

Church Security



Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Stresses Importance of Safety and Security Awareness for Local Churches

For Immediate Release 


Creed W. Hashe, Chief Deputy

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office

(864) 898-5501 


The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office launched an initiative in 2008 focused on providing safety and security awareness for local churches within Pickens County.

Since that time, the Sheriff’s Office has continued to provide that service to local clergy and their congregations in hopes that a proactive approach to the potential for crime and violence within our sanctuaries would serve to deter an act of violence before it occurs.

Since 2008, there has been substantial growth in the communities throughout Pickens County and numerous churches have experienced new membership as families have expanded and moved into the area.

Sheriff Clark stated…

“In light of the tragic event that resulted in the devastating loss of life in Charleston, I want to reassure our citizens that we listen daily for any information that may be indicative of a potential problem that may lead to violence specifically within our churches.  We have continued to embrace the program, started under former Sheriff David Stone, and will continue to educate all persons so that together we can identify and react to those that prey on innocent victims as they practice their faith”.


The program offered by the Sheriff’s Office goes far beyond the obvious concerns for church shootings.  Deterrence of theft, vandalism, domestic altercations, child safety and site security are additional topics discussed during the session for church staff.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone that would like more information into the program to please contact Captain Gary Parsons at (864) 898-5503.


“Use of Force Simulator”

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is applying for a grant to purchase a “Use of Force Simulator”. This system will be used to train officers on how to better respond to volatile situations, how to subdue violators with proper force, and keep our officers safe.

Below is a potential vendor’s website so you can see how this can improve our training.

Thank you,
Sheriff Rick Clark

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“Prevent Heat Related Injury”

As the temperatures continue to rise, it is important to take precautions to prevent heat related injury or illness: * Wear light, loose clothing if you must be outside. * Take frequent shade breaks. * Drink plenty of fluids. * Never leave children in a vehicle. * Never leave pets in a vehicle. * Make sure outdoor pets and livestock have unlimited access to fresh, clean water. * Please check on relatives, the elderly or families/individuals you know of who may not have air conditioning. * If you or someone you know starts to have signs of a heat related illness, dial 911 immediately. * Symptoms of possible heat related illnesses are: fever (temperature above 104 degrees); irrational behavior; extreme confusion; dry and hot, red skin; rapid, shallow breathing; rapid, weak pulse; seizures, unconsciousness.

We hope you all have a safe, happy and healthy summer!

 Pickens County Sheriff's Office (SC)'s photo.