South Carolina State University alum Chito Walker has been selected as chief of police for the City of Charleston.

Walker, a member of the SC State class of 1999, had served as the Charleston Police Department’s interim chief since the death of his predecessor, Chief Luther Reynolds, in July.

A Greenville native, Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from SC State.

Chito Walker

Since graduating, he has held various positions with CPD since 2000, beginning as a patrolman and later serving as a detective, SWAT team operator and supervisor.

He was promoted to deputy chief in March 2020. He most recently served as the deputy chief of the department’s Procedural Justice and Community Policing Bureau.

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He also has a master’s degree in management from Webster University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Department of Homeland Security Leadership Academy and the S.C. Command College.

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He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and also holds professional affiliations with the FBI National Academy Associates, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Tactical Officer Association and the Fraternal Order of Police.

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