Douglas Wright serves as the Chief of Police. Chief Wright began his police career in 1995 and joined the ranks of the Summerville Police Department in 1997. During Wright’s tenure with our department, he served in various assignments and duties, including having been a police K- 9 handler for nearly 10-years, six of which as the K-9 Unit supervisor. Wright served as a member of the Traffic Enforcement Team for two years, a member of the Traffic Fatality Investigation Team for seven years, a member of the Emergency Services Unit for seven years, a member of the Dorchester / Charleston / Summerville Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team for four years, Honor Guard Commander for five years, Patrol Team Supervisor for four years, Patrol Team Watch Commander for four years and Uniform Patrol Division Commander for five years.
Chief Wright graduated with honors from Columbia College and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and his associate degree in Criminal Justice from Trident Technical College. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Executive Leadership at Liberty University. Wright is a graduate of the 269th Session of the FBI National Academy, the FBI’s Carolina Command College, and FBI’s LEEDA Executive Leadership School. Wright is a nationally recognized subject matter expert in street-level and highway criminal interdiction, where he has instructed in this discipline at the federal, state, and local levels throughout the United States. Chief Wright proudly served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves for six years during his tenure as a Police Officer. Chief Wright is an active member of the FBI National Academy Associates, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI- Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, the National Criminal Enforcement Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Summerville Rotary Club, and he attends Seacoast Church.