- Chief's Message
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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. Stationed initially in Sumter, he worked in the Midlands throughout his career, serving
as Captain of Troop 1 comprised of Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Richland and Sumter counties. He was promoted
to Colonel of the Highway Patrol in 2003. During his tenure as Colonel, he was instrumental in the development of
many life-saving traffic safety campaigns, the creation of the Highway Patrol’s Victim Services Unit, and the creation
of a support group for the families of highway fatality victims. Chief Roark retired from the Highway Patrol in 2008
and joined the Sumter Police Department as Deputy Chief in 2009. He was named Chief of Police in September 2011. Chief
Roark’s policing philosophies place strong emphasis on both policing through community partnerships as well as
intelligence-led policing. 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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IN CASE OF EMERGENCY DIAL 911.
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- Guiding Principles
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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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