Meet the chief of police

Chief Christopher Chapmond joined the Bluffton Police Department in August 2018. Since joining the department, Chief Chapmond has overseen the development of a new strategic plan and ensured community policing remains the focus of the Bluffton Police Department. The Chief is committed to growing and leading the department to becoming one of the most professional law enforcement agency in the region.

Career

Prior to moving to the Lowcountry, Chapmond worked with the Hot Springs Police Department in Arkansas. He joined the force in 1996. Chapmond held various positions to include Field Operations Captain, Patrol Lieutenant, Coordinator of the 18th East Drug Task Force and Co-Commander of the Hot Springs SWAT (Special Weapons and Response Team). Before leaving the Hot Springs Police Department, Chapmond served as the Assistant Chief overseeing the daily operations and managing a staff of 145 employees.

Working with Youth & the Community

Chapmond said during his time as a narcotics officer and coordinator of the 18th East Drug Task Force, he frequently spoke to youth organizations about the dangers of narcotics and the effects drug use had on the user and their family. He continues to speak and teach narcotics related classes to bring awareness to ongoing issues.

Chapmond is a firearms instructor, professional law enforcement instructor, and a CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) instructor. Since arriving in South Carolina, he has taught more than 30 CRASE classes to a variety of audiences. Prior to moving, Chapmond taught part-time at the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute and continues to be involved in the Drug Endangered Children’s program sponsored by the Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute.

Education

Chapmond earned a bachelor’s degree in Police Administration from Columbia Southern University and graduated from the Northwestern University’s School of Public-Safety Command Staff School; a master level course and considered one of the premier police executive classes in law enforcement. 

Boards

Upon arriving to South Carolina, Chief Chapmond has completed the FBIs Leadership Command College and has become a member of South Carolina Police Chief’s Association. He is a member of the Low Country Retired Officers Association, the Bluffton Rotary Club and various other organizations. Since January 2019, Chief Chapmond has been an integral part in the Town of Bluffton’s strategic partnership with Lutzie 43, a non-profit organization that aims to encourage and empower young people to be positive ambassadors for safe driving. Previously, Chapmond volunteered on the executive board of the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police as the Southwest regional vice president. 

Personal

Chapmond and his wife Elizabeth have three sons, one daughter-in-law and a new grandson.