Current News & Releases

2018 Boys & Girls Conference registration underway

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting its Annual Boys & Girls Youth Conferences.  This year both conferences will be held on June 22nd and 23rd 2018.  The Boys will be housed at Chestnut Oaks Middle School located at 1200 Oswego Hwy., Sumter; and The Girls will be housed at Crestwood High School located at 2000 Oswego Rd., Sumter. 

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; positive and negative effects of social media, drug prevention, healthy relationships, information technology and so much more.  We promote education and a deep desire to attend institutions of higher learning. Registration fee is $35 per camper. Registration will be 6:30 a.m.-8 a.m. 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 1:30 p.m. at Crestwood High School in the Auditorium, and the conferences will end at approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Parents are encouraged to attend graduation.

Each camper should bring any medications needed; female personal items, and personal hygiene items to include soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant; washcloth, bath towels, and bed linen. We will not be responsible for any lost electronics. 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 swimsuit (must not be revealing) and beach towel. This year we will be traveling to Myrtle Beach to Myrtle Waves Water Park on Friday. The bus will depart from Crestwood High School at approximately 8:30 a.m. and will return later that evening. 

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, and for more information, contact: Lt. Petrina Wiley at (803) 436-2026. Annual Youth Conference applications may also be foundonline by clicking here.  Deadline for applications are Friday, June 15, 2018 at 5 p.m.


Anthony Dennis

Anthony Dennis, Sheriff

Sumter County Sheriff takes aggressive ‘zero-tolerance’ approach on litter

Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis has declared a “zero tolerance” approach for people who litter in Sumter County.

“Our deputies will be on alert for anyone littering in Sumter County,” he said. “Officers will enforce litter laws and write citations to those individuals who do not take pride in our county. We are taking an aggressive approach.”

Fines for littering in South Carolina range from $200 to $500 for a first offense depending upon the amount of litter.

“We are serious about keeping Sumter County clean,” he said. “In addition to our detention center inmates, we also have several organizations and civic groups that adopt highways in Sumter County.  With their efforts, working in conjunction with law enforcement, we can and will enhance the beautification of Sumter County.” 

K-9 unit receives bullet-proof vest donation

One more Sumter County Sheriff’s Office deputy can feel a little safer while on duty, thanks to a generous donation from Paws For Friendship.

The non-profit organization that works to provide visits from therapy pets to schools and nursing homes around the globe assisted the sheriff’s office by presenting a form-fitting bullet-proof vest to Halo, a member of the sheriff’s office K-9 unit, on Thursday.

Halo and his partner, Cpl. Cameron Prescott, received the vest from Dennis Sides, a Sumter resident and one of the non-profit organization’s South Carolina Chapter coordinators.

“We are extremely grateful for the donation of the bullet-proof vest for Halo,” said Capt. Terrance Colclough of the patrol division. “Our K-9 units are a valuable asset to our department, and can often find themselves in dangerous situations.  With this new vest, we can now feel a little safer for Halo as he performs his duties.”

The sheriff’s office currently has five K-9 units on staff, making it possible to always have at least one of these specialized units on duty at any time.

For more information on Paws For Friendship, visit their website at

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.

Cpl Elizabeth B Foxworth (1967-2012)



It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the untimely death of one of our employees, Corporal Elizabeth B. Foxworth, on December 10, 2012.  

Corporal Foxworth was a twelve (12) year veteran law enforcement officer.  She worked diligently with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office for seven (7) years and she was previously employed with the Sumter Police Department for five (5) years. 

This is a very difficult time not only for the family of Cpl. Elizabeth Foxworth, but for her law enforcement family as well.  It is a very sad time.

Needless to say, we will all miss her more than words can ever express. She was not just our co-worker but our good friend as well. I hope you will all keep her family and our office in your thoughts and prayers.


Prescription Medicine Disposal

    The United States Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is again partnering with state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct the fifth National Take Back Initiative (NTBI) on Saturday, September 29th, 2012, for the collection of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs.  The DEA Atlanta Field Division is coordinating with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and Sumter Police Department for this important effort in reducing the amounts of controlled substances that may otherwise be diverted into our communities or improperly disposed into our sewer systems, septic tanks, etc., polluting our ground water.

    If you have expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications that you need to get rid of, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and Sumter Police Department will have personnel available for the pill drop at the City-County Law Enforcement Center located at 107 East Hampton Ave, Sumter, on Saturday, September 29th, 2012, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. If you'd like more information on this national effort you can find out more by going to the DEA's website.

    If you are not able to make this date, need to dispose of prescription medications at a later date, or would like more information on our event, please call us at 803-436-2760 anytime throughout the year and we'll be glad to assist.


Due to overwhelming amount of stray animals in the county, and the recent amount of dog attacks, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit is enforcing a “Zero Tolerance Policy” for dogs and cats roaming freely within the County, and for pet owners failing to vaccinate their pets (titles 47-3-10 through 47-3-710). (MORE BELOW)

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New State Law Regarding Transporting of Nonferrous Metals

    In regards to the new state law regarding the transporting, selling and purchasing of nonferrous metals (copper, aluminum, etc., see here) the Sumter County Sheriff's Office has made the applications for permits available on our website (click here). These may be filled in electronically and printed out to bring to our office to obtain a permit number. Applications will be available at the office as well. The new law will go into effect August 16, 2011. Please download an application or stop by our office to fill one out prior to August 16, 2001, if you intend to transport these materials on that day.

    Anyone wishing to obtain a permit will be required to submit a complete application, present a valid driver's license or state ID and the vehicle information that will be transporting the metals. Permits do not cost the party selling or transporting nonferrous metals, but dealers wishing to purchase nonferrous metals commercially will be subjected to a $200 application fee. Both applications are on our Downloads page to the right.

    For the full text of the law click here and scroll down to 16-17-680.



New SCSO Website

    The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce the debut of it's revised website. There are numerous improvements and new features for the public access and interact with our office. Some of the new features include submitting anonymous tips via our site, online reporting for certain crimes, a complaints page to submit or request information, RSS feeds to various social media outlets for disseminating information quickly, a cold case section and much more. The site has been optimised for fast loading, universal web standards, and is easy to navigate using mobile devices. Please visit for more information and to see what's new for the citizens of Sumter County.