Current News & Releases

Special Olympics Fundraisers

 

    Recently members of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office partnered with Chic-fil-a for a Cover a Cruiser fundraiser benefiting the South Carolina Special Olympics. During the lunchtime promotion we raised over $400 to be donated to help support the training activities of the special needs participants. We would like to thank everyone for their support and especially Chic-fil-a for their generosity in this project.

    As we continue preparing for our fall nighttime 5k Glow Run, part of the Sumter Series of running events, we are offering another way for people to donate in advance to help support the Special Olympics. A fundraising page has been setup where non-Glow Run participants can make monetary donations to the event. Our goal is to raise $1,000 dollars. If you would like to donate, please click HERE to go to the fundraiser page. Thank you again for all of your support as we try to help these Special Olympics athletes compete.

** Daytime Burglary Alert **

   The Sumter County Sheriff's Office has been receiving a significant increase in reports of daytime burglaries in the northwestern area of the county. The increase has primarily been seen in the 441 and Statesburg communities with most of the burglaries having been committed between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm. The suspects pretend to be broken down on the side of the road in front of residences and knocking on doors for help. In actuality they are trying to determine who is home before attempting to make entry. Several witnesses in the area have seen a tan/beige over burgundy 1990's pickup and a silver 4-door sedan together on the side of the road around the time of several of these incidents.

  We ask that if you see these or any other suspicious vehicles in the area, especially on the side of the road, to please call us immediately to investigate. If anyone knocks on your door claiming they are broken down, do not open the door. Instead, yell through the door and advise them that you will call 911 for them and then call us.

  If you have information on previous incidents that may help us, please call our Criminal Investigations Division at 803-436-2000.

* * FRAUD ALERT * *

There is a scam occurring in our jurisdiction that citizens need to be made aware of. Someone is calling Sumter County residents claiming to be from Equifax and requesting the victim's debit card number to supposedly verify that it has not been part of a data breach. While still on the phone with victims, the cards are being charged electronically to out of state accounts. The calls appear to be continuing and we are actively investigating these transactions and working with authorities where they may be originating from. Equifax or any other financial institution will never call you and ask for a full card number like this. Under no circumstances should you give out detailed information to anyone that calls you requesting it.

If you have been contacted by someone in the last couple of days claiming to be from Equifax and you gave them any critical information such as a card number or social security number, please make contact with us immediately 803-436-2000.

2014 Boys & Girls Youth Conference

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting its Annual Boys & Girls Youth Conferences.  This year both conferences will be held on June 13th and 14th 2014.  The Boys will be housed at Chestnut Oaks Middle School located at 1200 Oswego Hwy., Sumter, SC; and The Girls will be housed at Crestwood High School located at 2000 Oswego Rd., Sumter, SC. 

The conferences are aimed at building character and leadership skills among boys and girls ages 10 to 18 if still in high school. Topics of discussion include; demands & needs for employment in the medical profession, effects of drugs & alcohol, the importance of saving money and so much more.  We promote education and a deep desire to attend institutions of higher learning. Registration fee is $25 per camper. Registration begins at 6:30am Friday morning at Crestwood High School with various other activities scheduled throughout the day and evening. The campers will stay overnight and the conferences resume early Saturday morning. Graduation ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 12:30pm at Crestwood High School in the Auditorium, and the conferences will end at approximately 1:30pm Saturday. Parents are encouraged to attend graduation.

Each camper is to bring any medications needed; female personal items, and personal hygiene items to include soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant; wash towels, and bed covers. Campers (boys & girls) may wear shorts, but the length should extend to the knees. Otherwise, shorts are prohibited. Females may wear skirts provided they are knee length or below. Cots will be provided, therefore sleeping bags are optional. Meals & snacks will be provided throughout the conferences as well, to include breakfast on Friday morning. In addition to items needed the campers will also need to bring a beach towel. This year we will be having a huge field day. The field day will consist of water games, sack races; face painting, basketball competitions, flag football, teambuilding exercises and so much more.

We are soliciting your support by asking that you sponsor a child or children or simply make a monetary contribution. Sponsorship letters are available by clicking here. Volunteers may assist upon completion of a volunteer application, which can be picked up from our office or download here.   

Criminal background checks of all volunteers will be conducted by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. 

It is our mission to make our youth prosperous and productive citizens of the future. Applications may be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office or click here to download, and for more information, contact: Captain Terrance Colclough at (803) 436-2032 or Lt. Nina Waiters at (803) 436-2398.

Congratulations!

 

  We would like to wish a hearty congratulations to Cpl Cleveland Pinkney, recipient of the American Legion Post 15 Deputy of the Year. He was also honored last night with the Sumter County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Cpl Pinkney has been a tremendous asset to our agency and we couldn't be more proud of him. Thank you for your dedicated service to the citizens of Sumter County. 
 

Holiday message from Sheriff Dennis

  As a new year is approaching, I want to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt greetings for the season and appreciate you all for your accomplishments, achievements, and the many sacrifices in 2013.  We had a very successful year in 2013 and it is all because of your support and dedication to your duties with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of this great county.  

  Previously, I shared with you all my vision for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and certain expectations about the way I want us to operate.  I shared with you how I want each of you to continue to do a great job, improve on your job performance and to never be satisfied with being status quo.  I shared with you my vision of a great leader!

  Thank you for your focus, your willingness to be held accountable and to hold others accountable.  It has made a tremendous difference throughout 2013.

  You see, because as professionals and as an organization we are wired to look forward rather than back; because time passes quickly and it's easy to forget all of the moments that make a year; and because it's just as important to savor accomplishments as it is to collect them, I want to close 2013 with a reminder of what you did that set the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office apart and helped to make it a successful year.

 

  •          New facility with a smooth transition
  •          Aviation unit
  •          Decrease in violent crimes
  •          Decrease in property crimes
  •          Overall community involvement (bikes, Toys for Tots, Operation Helping Hands, etc.)
  •          Decrease in response time
  •          Increase in paper service
  •          Cooperation with other agencies (state, federal and local) and all other entities

  Our future looks bright and we are moving forward. I believe that with your continued hard work, next year will be an even better year for our organization.  Thank you again for your dedicated services to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and to the citizens of Sumter County and may you all have a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year!

Sincerely,

Anthony Dennis

Sheriff of Sumter County

 

8th Annual Toys for Tots BBQ Dinner Fundraiser

 The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is once again sponsoring our annual BBQ chicken dinner drive to raise funds for local Toys for Tots. Every year the day before Thanksgiving we cook and serve up over 500 dinners with all proceeds from sales going to benefit the local Toys for Tots initiative with the Marine Corps League. This year's dinner will be Wednesday, November 27, 2013, from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at the SCSO Technology & Forensics area behind the new Sheriff's Office at 1281 N. Main St. Dinners include a leg quarter, green beans, baked beans, corn, a dessert and bread. Delivery is available with the purchase of 6 or more dinners. Tickets are available now and some dinners will be available for walk-up orders. If you would like tickets please contact Lt Lee Monahan at 803-464-3460.

 

1st Annual Special Olympics Glow Run a Success

 

     The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Glow Run 5k Walk/Run at Dillon Park on Saturday, October 12th, 2013 at 9 p.m. The Glow Run and its sponsors have enabled Special Olympics to achieve many program goals throughout the year, including issuing hundreds of Coaches’ Certifications to Special Olympics volunteer coaches, recognizing the completion of sport specific training designed for coaching individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics is also the host for the Spring Games in nearly every county in South Carolina. Spring Games give athletes the chance to compete in front of peers, classmates, friends, families, supporters, and communities. We would like to thank all those who sponsored this event and those who participated and/or donated to this wonderful cause. We were able to donate over $3,300 to Special Olympics because of this spectacular event. Pictured below are our 1st place (Dontrey Lampkin, middle), 2nd  place (Rick Buckley, left), and 3rd  place ( Jake Trejo, right) winners from the Glow Run holding their trophies, which were donated by Mays’ Trophy Shop.

 

 

2013 Charlie Kubala Memorial Golf Tournament

  Registration is now open for the 2013 Charlie Kubala Memorial Golf Tournament. This year's tournament will be on Monday, October 14th, 2013, at Beech Creek Golf Club. As always there will be plenty of food, drinks, door prizes, great golf and even better company for you to enjoy at Sumter's largest annual charity golf tournament. Come be a part of this great cause as we honor Sumter's finest who have given the ultimate sacrifice and show appreciation to the fine men and women of Sumter's law enforcement community.

  More information and registration forms are available at the Tournament Info page or you can download one here. Online registration and payments are also available here. If you have any questions or would like to be a sponsor, please email Lt Lee Monahan or call him at 803-436-2161.

 

Glowing Hearts Doing Their Part

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol will be hosting its first annual Glowing Hearts Doing Their Part, a 5K nighttime charity run & walk benefitting the Special Olympics. Participants will be able to purchase glow items at the event to support the cause. You may also bring your own glow items to show support.

The entry fee is $20 for individual runners or $35 for a couple and includes a fluorescent t-shirt, a special glow in the dark gift and refreshments. All proceeds from registrations and sales go to benefit the Special Olympics of South Carolina. If you or your business would like to participate or help sponsor, please email Deputy Jennifer Mays or call her at 803-436-2046.

If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Deputy Mays or you can go to our volunteer page and submit an application. All volunteers will be subject to a criminal background check.

We look forward to seeing you there!