Brief History

For over 150 years, the Sumter Police Department has been serving the citizens of Sumter, South Carolina on the solid foundation of public trust and safety. Sumter PD officers serve a 40,000-strong town and are committed to treating all in our vibrant community fairly and with respect. We are a CALEA accredited agency and maintain their gold standard of serving and protecting our communities.

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Thanks to the area first responders for making it a very special week for the men and women of the E-911 Center.
Their job was definitely sweetened by the show of appreciation during
National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.
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Thanks to each of you! Miss you all!!

Congratulations on your work.

This Saturday is Community Clean Up Day in Sumter. Join any team or location to help. Locations are listed on the city's website at

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This Saturday is Community Clean Up Day in Sumter. Join any team or location to help. Locations are listed on the citys website at

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Team Sumter to the rescue of a kitten...
Making a difference together.
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When are y’all actually gonna solve crimes?


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How awesome !!! Thanks so much!!! ❤️

It blows my mind that even when our LEO’s and emergency crews are doing good deeds and simply servicing their community and making it a BETTER PLACE TO LIVE there are still naysayers. Thank you for saving the life of an innocent kitten, it shows you would do the same for any living being. Thank you for your service!!!

Awesome! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🐾🐾❤️

Great job! Very nice 👍

That is so awesome!!!!!

Awh. Thank you for all that you do..

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awww......good job folks.....good work and thank you

This makes my heart swell with pride!!

Awesome job 👏🏻👏🏻

Good 👍 job guys

That small? Must be more!! Please go back and check again! Good job guys!

Way to go Team Sumter, finally some good people making good news!!

Good job!

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Thanks to everyone for saving this little kittie.

Stop wasting tax dollars

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PURPLE UP! OFC Courtney Cochran, who serves as a school resource officer, joined Bates Middle School staffers this morning to recognize Purple Up Day. April is designated as Month of the Military Child.
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PURPLE UP! OFC Courtney Cochran, who serves as a school resource officer, joined Bates Middle School staffers this morning to recognize Purple Up Day. April is designated as Month of the Military Child.
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Taylor Welch

Officer Cochran is an awesome officer!!!


2 charged with murder; 2 others charged for related roles

SUMTER, SC (April 14, 2021) – Two men are charged with murder and two others with accessory in connection to a fatal shooting Friday on Broad Street.

An investigation is continuing as police work to determine what led to the shooting and possible ties to gang activity.

Alki Williams, 27, of Mayesville was driving just after 5 p.m. on Broad Street, when a white vehicle drove up beside him between Milton and Morgan avenues and opened fire killing Williams.

Williams was pronounced dead at the scene where his car stopped in a business parking lot at 286 Broad St.

Christopher Fordham, 23, of Sumter, and his girlfriend, Alexus Hawkins, 20, also of Sumter and the owner of the white car involved in the shooting, were initially charged Friday with possession with intent to distribute marijuana after a quantity of drugs and money were found in a residence.

As officers continued to gather information in the case, they were able to determine Hawkins did not take part in and had no knowledge of the shooting. However, Fordham and Travion Blackwell, 21, of Manning, were found to be the driver and passenger inside the white car as the shots were fired.

Both were charged Tuesday with murder.

Officers also determined Fordham and Blackwell received help from associates after the shooting.

Christopher Malek Mickens, 24, of Sumter, who provided the suspects with another vehicle, was charged Monday with accessory after the fact. Raishard York, 21, of Manning, who created an alibi for one of the suspects, was charged Tuesday with accessory after the fact.

All were booked at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.


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CALEA Accredited

Being a Police Officer in a CALEA Accredited Department means you belong to an agency that is committed to following best practice standards developed by federal, state, and local law enforcement executives through comprehensive research. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations:

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)


  • Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
  • Formalize essential management procedures
  • Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
  • Improve service delivery
  • Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination
  • Increase community and staff confidence in the agency