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Message from the Chief
The Sumter Police Department is committed to making the City of Sumter a safe environment for its citizens and visitors alike by providing
premier law enforcement services.
Russell F. Roark III,
Chief of Police
Chief Russell F. Roark, III –
Sumter Police Chief Russell F. Roark, III, began his law enforcement career when he joined the
South Carolina Highway Patrol in 1982. He worked in the Midlands throughout his career, achieving
the rank of Colonel in 2003. During his tenure as Colonel he was pivotal in implementing several
programs, including the creation of the Victim Services Unit. Chief Roark retired from the Highway
Patrol in 2008.
After retiring, he worked for Ward Services as a government contractor before joining the Sumter
Police Department as Deputy Chief in December of 2009. He was sworn in as Chief of Police of the
Sumter Police Department in September 2011. Chief Roark’s policing philosophies are to improve the
quality of life through intelligence lead policing while developing partnerships within the community.
He is an advocate for the well-being of his employees, works to improve their quality of life, and strives
to foster employee development through mentorship and training.
Chief Roark is a graduate of St. Leo University, the South Carolina Executive Institute, and the FBI
National Academy and was the 2006 recipient of the Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement.
Contact - Chief Russell F. Roark III
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It is the mission of the Sumter Police Department to fairly and impartially enforce the laws of the City
of Sumter and State of South Carolina in order to protect life and property and to preserve peace and order
for the citizens and visitors of the City of Sumter.
We believe that strong relationships between law enforcement and citizens are the foundation to creating safe,
healthy communities. The Sumter Police Department is committed to community oriented policing strategies, building
trust, communication and cooperation between officers and the community.
We believe that a law enforcement agency is only as strong as its employees. We are committed to providing our
officers with the resources, training and support they need to efficiently, effectively and safely execute their
duties as law enforcement officers. It is the diversity of our workforce that provides the foundation for building
strong relationships throughout our community.
We believe that a law enforcement agency is charged with upholding a city's most valuable attribute, the public
trust. We are committed to maintaining the public trust by conducting ourselves professionally at all times, by
treating all persons fairly and with respect.
Local Agency Contacts
DO NOT REPORT CRIMES OR INCIDENTS OF ANY TYPE OVER THE INTERNET OR BY E-MAIL. DEPENDING ON
THE NATURE OR SERIOUSNESS OF THE INCIDENT, EITHER CALL 911 OR (803) 436-2700.
Dept. of Motor Vehicles:
Probation & Parole:
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The Sumter City Police Department is committed to ensuring that its employees perform their duties with professional competence and discipline. The integrity of SPD is enhanced by open communication between citizens and the department. Therefore, all complaints, whether by citizens or employees, will be accepted and fully investigated. At no time should an SPD employee discourage, intimidate, or otherwise coerce anyone desiring to file a complaint. However, persons filing false or frivolous reports are subject to criminal prosecution
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