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Executive Team

CHIEF OF POLICE

Chris Cowan

803-550-3047

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CHIEF OF POLICE

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Chris Cowan

As the Chief of police I intend to gain and build your trust.  We are very excited to be partnering with the Hispanic Community and local businesses by making ourselves more visible and accessible to you.  We want you to be able to come to us when problems arise and know that we are here to serve you.  We are expanding our services.  Recently creating a new position of Victim Assistance and Community Outreach Coordinator. Recently establishing regular meetings with members of the community in an effort to understand your needs.  Recently enrolling two officers in language classes to learn Spanish.  We care about you, your family, your culture and your happiness.  I am not concerned about immigration status but your quality of life and safety.  Please follow us on FaceBook.  Please let us know how we are doing and get in touch with Juana Saavedra at [email protected] our Victims Advocate Coordinator. This will allow you to get involved with how Cayce Police Department provides services and dedicates our resources.  Please continue to help us make Cayce a safe place to live, work, and play.

Como el Jefe de Policia mi intencion es ganarme su confianza.  Estamos muy emocionados en estarnos asociando con la comunidad hispana y los negocios locales al estar haciendonos mas visibles y accessibles para ustedes.  Deseamos que puedan venir hacia nosotros cuando halla problemas y que sepan que estamos aqui para ayudarles.  Estamos creciendo nuestros servicios.  Recientemente construimos una posicion nueva de una Cordinadora de Asistencia a Victimas y alzance al publico. Estableciendo juntas regularmente con miembros de la comunidad en un esfuerzo para comprender sus necesidades.  Al igual tenemos dos oficiales que recientemente comenzaron con clases en espanol.  Nos preocupamos por ustedes, sus familias, su cultura y su felicidad.  No estoy preocupado por su estatus de imigracion sino por su calidad de vida y seguridad.  Porfavor siganos en nuestra pagina de FaceBook.  Por favor haganos saber como estamos haciendo y pongase en contacto con Juana Saavedra en su correo electronico [email protected] nuestra Cordinadora de Asistencia hacia Victimas.  De esta manera usted podra involucrarse con el Departamento de Policia de Cayce, los servicios que proveemos y como dedicamos nuestros recursos.  Por favor continue en ayudarnos a hacer Cayce un lugar seguro de vivir, trabajar  y jugar.

Assistant Chief

Shawn Grant

(803) 550-9538

Assistant Chief Shawn Grant began his Law Enforcement career in 2003 as a Patrol Deputy with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, where he served until 2005.  From 2005 to 2014, he served at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department in the capacities of Patrol Deputy, School Resource Officer, and Detective.  From 2014 to October 2021, he served at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, where he worked as a Special Agent and Field Training Agent in the Midlands Investigative Services Unit, before being promoted to Lieutenant in the Special Victims Unit.  Assistant Chief Grant continued his Law Enforcement service at the Cayce Police Department in November 2021.

Assistant Chief Grant received a Bachelor of Arts degree from South Carolina State University, a Master of Science degree from the Anderson University Criminal Justice Command College, and served in the United States Army. 

Assistant Chief Grant enjoys spending time with his family and watching football games.

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Assistant Chief

Headshot of assistant Chief Shawn Grant

Shawn Grant

Assistant Chief Shawn Grant began his Law Enforcement career in 2003 as a Patrol Deputy with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, where he served until 2005.  From 2005 to 2014, he served at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department in the capacities of Patrol Deputy, School Resource Officer, and Detective.  From 2014 to October 2021, he served at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, where he worked as a Special Agent and Field Training Agent in the Midlands Investigative Services Unit, before being promoted to Lieutenant in the Special Victims Unit.  Assistant Chief Grant continued his Law Enforcement service at the Cayce Police Department in November 2021.

Assistant Chief Grant received a Bachelor of Arts degree from South Carolina State University, a Master of Science degree from the Anderson University Criminal Justice Command College, and served in the United States Army. 

Assistant Chief Grant enjoys spending time with his family and watching football games.

Professional Services

Captain Jason Merrill

(803) 550-9553

Jason Merrill began his law enforcement career in 2001 at the USC Police Department after attending the university as a student.  Merrill performed uniformed patrol duties, plainclothes street-crime surveillance, and supervisory duties as a patrol officer and later as a Corporal.  Merrill became a resident of Cayce and continued his career at Cayce DPS in 2004 in order to broaden his experience.  He attended the SC Fire Academy in 2005 where he received the Chief Robert Frick Award.  In 2007, he was promoted Investigator and named Officer of the Year.  Merrill was promoted to Investigator Corporal in 2013, Uniformed Patrol Sergeant in 2016, Investigator Sergeant in 2017, Lieutenant in 2019, and Captain in 2021.  He is a Field Training Officer, Field Training Officer Manager, and Basic Instructor.  He is also a 2020 graduate of the State of South Carolina Certified Public Manager Program. He currently oversees a group of dedicated and talented staff of the Professional Services Bureau, which consists of Criminal Investigations, 911 Communications Center, Records, Hiring & Promotion Selection process, Accreditation, Training, Professional Standards, Fleet & Logistics, Evidence, and Emergency Management.  When not working, you can find Captain Merrill enjoying outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, and kayaking with his wife and children.

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Professional Services

Headshot of Captain Jason Merrill

Captain Jason Merrill

Jason Merrill began his law enforcement career in 2001 at the USC Police Department after attending the university as a student.  Merrill performed uniformed patrol duties, plainclothes street-crime surveillance, and supervisory duties as a patrol officer and later as a Corporal.  Merrill became a resident of Cayce and continued his career at Cayce DPS in 2004 in order to broaden his experience.  He attended the SC Fire Academy in 2005 where he received the Chief Robert Frick Award.  In 2007, he was promoted Investigator and named Officer of the Year.  Merrill was promoted to Investigator Corporal in 2013, Uniformed Patrol Sergeant in 2016, Investigator Sergeant in 2017, Lieutenant in 2019, and Captain in 2021.  He is a Field Training Officer, Field Training Officer Manager, and Basic Instructor.  He is also a 2020 graduate of the State of South Carolina Certified Public Manager Program. He currently oversees a group of dedicated and talented staff of the Professional Services Bureau, which consists of Criminal Investigations, 911 Communications Center, Records, Hiring & Promotion Selection process, Accreditation, Training, Professional Standards, Fleet & Logistics, Evidence, and Emergency Management.  When not working, you can find Captain Merrill enjoying outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, and kayaking with his wife and children.

Uniform Patrol Division

Captain Stephan Wilcox

(803) 205-4425

Stephan “Steve” Wilcox began his law enforcement career with the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety (USCDLES). He graduated from the SC Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA) in 2005 and received the distinguished J.P. Strom Award and Distinguished Graduate Award. While with USCDLES, he was recognized as the 2006 “Rookie of the Year,” was awarded the Medal of Valor, and served as a field services supervisor, field training officer, and managed the Division’s Training Unit. 

Steve has been with the Cayce Police Department since 2010. During his time with the City, he has been a field training officer, an investigator, a Patrol supervisor, and a firearms instructor. In 2017, Steve was promoted to lieutenant where he gained experience managing Patrol teams, K-9, Traffic Safety, Investigations, and Special Operations. In 2021, Chief Cowan promoted Steve to Captain where he commands the Uniformed Patrol Division and Community Services Division.  

Captain Wilcox is a graduate of the FBI Command College, a certified SCCJA Basic Instructor, and a certified Crisis Negotiator. Steve holds an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with an emphasis on Organizational Law Enforcement Leadership. He is an Army veteran and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Steve enjoys all things outdoors and has played guitar and bass for many years. He is also an avid baker and loves to cook for friends and family.  

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Uniform Patrol Division

Headshot of Captain Stephan Wilcox

Captain Stephan Wilcox

Stephan “Steve” Wilcox began his law enforcement career with the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety (USCDLES). He graduated from the SC Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA) in 2005 and received the distinguished J.P. Strom Award and Distinguished Graduate Award. While with USCDLES, he was recognized as the 2006 “Rookie of the Year,” was awarded the Medal of Valor, and served as a field services supervisor, field training officer, and managed the Division’s Training Unit. 

Steve has been with the Cayce Police Department since 2010. During his time with the City, he has been a field training officer, an investigator, a Patrol supervisor, and a firearms instructor. In 2017, Steve was promoted to lieutenant where he gained experience managing Patrol teams, K-9, Traffic Safety, Investigations, and Special Operations. In 2021, Chief Cowan promoted Steve to Captain where he commands the Uniformed Patrol Division and Community Services Division.  

Captain Wilcox is a graduate of the FBI Command College, a certified SCCJA Basic Instructor, and a certified Crisis Negotiator. Steve holds an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with an emphasis on Organizational Law Enforcement Leadership. He is an Army veteran and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Steve enjoys all things outdoors and has played guitar and bass for many years. He is also an avid baker and loves to cook for friends and family.  

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