My name is Sgt. Richie Basford and I am currently assigned to the detective bureau. I have been a Charleston Police officer for 17 years. Prior to being a detective, I was assigned to the K-9, Bike Unit, and Special Enforcement Units. I was first certified in Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) in 2014 and since then I have maintained my certification in GST level I & II. I am also trained in PPCT and have attended the FBI Defensive Tactics Course. I believe defensive tactics is paramount to officer safety and it’s an honor to be able to share knowledge with first responders in this area.