Chief Roark

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.

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.

Chief Russell F. Roark III


DO NOT REPORT CRIMES OR INCIDENTS OF ANY TYPE OVER THE INTERNET OR BY E-MAIL. IN CASE OF EMERGENCY DIAL 911.

Chief's office:
aheckle@sumter-sc.com
(803) 436-2739


Sumter Police Department

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Mission Statement:

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.

Commitments

Community:

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.

Employees:

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.

Public Trust:

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.

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.

Main Line:
803-436-2700
Family Court:
803-436-2366
Dept. of Motor Vehicles:
803-775-8559
Water Dept:
803-436-2541
Animal Control:
803-436-2066
Sumter-Lee Regional:
803-436-2346
SPCA:
803-773-9292
Highway Patrol:
803-775-5353
Probation & Parole:
803-778-5185
Magistrate’s Court:
803-436-2280

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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