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Sumter police, deputies join forces to fight crime
Friday, October 14, 2011

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - The Sumter Police Department and Sumter County Sheriff's Office are combining efforts in order to reduce crime in both the city and county, the departments announced on Monday.

Chief Russell Roark and Sheriff Anthony Dennis said the Metro Crime Interdiction Unit will combine both departments' specialized suppression teams into one task force which will serve to educate the community and enforce laws. The unit will have countywide jurisdiction, and will address crime trends and patterns throughout the city and county using intelligence led policing technology.

"We are confident this will be a constructive partnership that will allow us to serve the entire Sumter community more effectively," said Chief Roark.

Danielle Sumter lives on the south side of town off Atlantic Avenue, an area she says is plagued with crime. "It's just really aggravating," she said. "There's no sense of secure. When I leave my house and I see people walking, I don't want them to know I just left."

Danielle says someone broke into her home just a few months ago. The mother of three is concerned for her safety. "I'm scared, because as you can see, I already have gunshot holes in my house," said Sumter. "I wasn't here but when I got home I noticed it."

Roark says a task force of 10 officers will aggressively patrol the south side area. "These individuals will be in the community going door to door, building that relationship," said Roark. "Addressing these issues that affect this segment of the community."

"The joint utilization of county and city resources will allow us to be more productive in achieving and maintaining our goals," added Sheriff Dennis.

"We are looking forward to the opportunity to share several short- and long-term education and enforcement programs that we believe will benefit the area," said Roark.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15657179/sumter-police-deputies-join-forces-to-fight-crime

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