Alvin Holston was appointed Deputy Chief of the City of Sumter Police Department in September 2011. Deputy
Chief Holston has over 28 years in law enforcement, beginning his career in the United States Air Force as
a Military Police Specialist in 1986. He joined the Sumter Police Department in 1991 rising through the
ranks from Patrolman, Detective, Detective Lieutenant, Captain/Commander of Criminal Investigations, and
Major of Operations before being appointed to Deputy Chief.
Throughout the majority of his career with the agency, Holston worked for 15 years in the department’s
Criminal Investigations Division, gaining expertise in general investigations, narcotics, warrants services
and other administrative specialities, eventually serving as commander of the Division before being promoted
to Major of Operations in 2009.
Deputy Chief Holston holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University and graduated from
the 243rd session of the FBI National Academy.