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Location: 1281 North Main Street, Sumter, SC 29153
     Mailing: P.O. Box 430, Sumter, SC 29151

FOIA

Per the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), S.C. Code §30-4-30, et seq. (1976, as amended), members of the public have the right to inspect and copy public records.  FOIA requests for public records of Sumter County Sheriff’s Office should be directed to:

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, ATTN: Legal Division
P.O. Box 430
Sumter, SC 29151-0430.


To offset costs, the following fee schedule applies to searching for, retrieving, and redacting public records:
14-day reports furnished under §30-4-30(D)(2)
(in-person requests only)

$2.60 plus $0.40 per page

(1 page = $3.00; 2 pages = $3.40….)

Hourly staff time:

$12 - $22 per hour

(if request requires specialized personnel, e.g., IT, legal, executive, etc., hourly rates could increase)

Copies of documents:                     $0.40 per page
CDs or DVDs (audio, video, photos, etc.): $10.00 per disc

A deposit of 25% of the estimated costs for the search, retrieval, redaction, and reproduction of records may be required before searching for or making copies of records.  The full balance must be paid at the time of production of the records.

Inspection, copy, and production of records are subject to all applicable exemptions, redactions, and/or exclusions provided by FOIA or other state or federal laws.  If public records are available and capable of electronic transmission, per-page copying charges do not apply.  However, staff time for searching, retrieving, and redacting will still apply.  Records not in electronic format may, at SCSO discretion, be converted to and transmitted in electronic format; in such event, there will be an additional charge for staff time for converting to electronic format.

ACCORDING TO S.C. CODE §30-2-50, OBTAINING OR USING PUBLIC RECORDS FOR COMMERCIAL SOLICITATION DIRECTED TO ANY PERSON IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA IS PROHIBITED, AND IS PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF UP TO $500 AND IMPRISONMENT UP TO ONE YEAR, OR BOTH.

FOR A SAMPLE FORM TO FILL, PRINT, AND SUBMIT YOU MAY CLICK HERE.