Our community programs are designed to address crime issues and promote community interaction. Read more about all our programs below.
For more information on any of these programs, please call us at 803-436-2700.
Project Checkmate gives senior adults the opportunity to have personal interaction with law enforcement, providing these seniors and their families with an added sense of protection and security. Assigned officers make regular home visits to seniors who opt into the program, where they:
The program has been recognized by both Municipal Association of South Carolina and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Association.
To refer a senior adult, contact the Community Services Unit at 803-436-2723.
Cram-A-Cruiser helps to ensure that every child in Sumter can have a toy for Christmas. Officers park a vehicle at Walmart and other local businesses on Saturdays leading up to Christmas to collect toys to be distributed locally by the Salvation Army.
This contest is one of several ways the Sumter Police Department gets involved with local schools to instill a positive image of police among local youngsters. Each year, students are encouraged to submit art or essays, depending on their grade, about famous African Americans they admire. 40 youngsters are named winners in the contest and are treated to pizza and games at Chuck E Cheese. Officers join in on the fun.
In partnership area public safety agencies, the Sumter Police Department hosts Trunk or Treat to provide a safe option for parents and their trick or treaters on Halloween night. The event, along with safety tips, is publicized through local media and the department’s social media sites.
A summer program for 14-and-15-year-olds from low and moderate-income households provides participants the opportunity to earn money, build self-esteem, and develop a work ethic.
Held in partnership with the City, Youth Corps’ work week begins on Mondays with classroom sessions to inspire, encourage, and mentor. Tuesday through Thursday, participants help spruce up city parks and other properties. Fridays are reserved for fun, yet educational, field trips.
School Resource and other officers with the department are assigned to supervise participants as they learn work skills, develop responsibility, and gain leadership experience.