Assistant Chief David Cheatle has been a Police Officer with the City of North Charleston for twenty-eight (28) years. He was promoted to the Assistant Chief of Police in October 2018. He is originally from western New York and moved to the Low Country after receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Brockport. While at SUNY Brockport, he was a two-sport athlete (Track & Field / Soccer) and ranked statewide in the Track and Field event of the Pole-vault.
Job assignments early in his career at the North Charleston Police Department included Patrol, Narcotics, S.P.E.E.D. (Proactive Street Enforcement Team) and the S.W.A.T. Team. He later supervised different units at different ranks in his career to include S.P.E.E.D., Traffic, K-9, Narcotics, P.A.C. (Police and Community Team), and Patrol. He was an operative, supervisor, and commander of the department’s SWAT Team for a combined total of 14 years. As a Captain, he was named as the department’s Accreditation Manager and was assigned the task of seeking National CALEA Accreditation for the first time in the City’s history. After 2 ½ years, the department received accredited status in March of 2007. In June of 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief and assigned as the Patrol Division Commander. In January of 2015, he was laterally transferred to the Investigations Division where he oversaw approximately 15 different units and 100 personnel. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in October 2018. Assistant Chief Cheatle has also been an Assessor for CALEA since 2007.
Assistant Chief Cheatle is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy (Session 213) and P.E.R.F.’s Senior Management Institute for Police (Session 40). He also received a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Charleston Southern University in May of 2007 and has been an instructor in the Criminal Justice Department at Trident Tech since January of 2008. Assistant Chief Cheatle has also received several community based organizational awards to include the Hundred Club of Greater Charleston’s Top Rookie Award 1993, Exchange Club of Charleston – North Charleston Officer of the Year 1999, Exchange Club of North Charleston Police Officer of the Year 2000, Knights of Columbus Police Officer of the Year 2006. He has also been recognized as the Charleston Southern University Outstanding Criminal Justice Graduate Student 2006-2007 and was an Honorary Commander with the United States Air Force 315th Airlift Unit at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina from 2013 to 2015.
David and his wife Paula are the proud parents of sons Collin and Cody.