Sumter to look at Nationwide Police Week with occasions starting Monday – Sumter Merchandise


Subsequent week is Nationwide Police Week, and Sumter County is taking part within the annual occasion with a number of occasions of its personal.

“Every one of many Police Week actions (previously) has been drastically supported by the neighborhood,” Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis mentioned. “I feel that reveals, particularly right here in Sumter County, that there’s a good relationship between legislation enforcement and the neighborhood.”

Nationwide Police Week began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating the week of Could 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is now generally known as Nationwide Police Week, to honor those that have given their lives within the line of obligation.

To kick off Nationwide Police Week, Sumter Police Division and Sumter County Sheriff’s Workplace will maintain the 2019 Nationwide Police Week Golf Event on the Hyperlinks at Lakewood on Monday, Could 13. The format is a four-man captain’s alternative. Registration begins at eight a.m. with a shotgun begin at 9 a.m.

The event is restricted to 20 groups, with a payment of $200 per crew.

“There are nonetheless just a few slots left,” SPD Public Data Officer Tonyia McGirt mentioned.

These can register up till Monday morning.

Trophies shall be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place groups, and awards can even be given out to the female and male with the longest drive and those that get closest to the pin. Mulligan packages can be found, and the entry payment features a post-tournament cookout. Snacks and drinks shall be obtainable for buy on the course.

Contact Employees Sgt. James Sinkler at (803) 436-2723 for extra info or to pre-register.

The second occasion of the week is the Nationwide Police Week Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at Church of the Holy Comforter, 213 N. Principal St. Tickets are $10 prematurely and $12 on the door.

“The actions throughout Nationwide Police Week honor all legislation enforcement officers for his or her service and sacrifices, however the prayer breakfast particularly honors officers who made the final word sacrifice within the line of obligation,” Dennis mentioned. “We acknowledge not solely sheriff’s workplace deputies, however Sumter law enforcement officials and freeway patrol.”

The occasion’s visitor speaker shall be Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.

“Sheriff Leon Lott out of Richland County was chosen to be this 12 months’s visitor speaker for the prayer breakfast as a result of he’s a senior sheriff within the state,” Dennis mentioned, “and he’s nationally identified. It is becoming that he would be the speaker.”

The prayer breakfast will begin with a meal and shall be adopted by prayers from members of the neighborhood. Lott will communicate afterward.

“One of many final issues on this system is the studying of The Remaining Inspection, a poem that acknowledges fallen officers by Sumter County Chief Deputy Hampton Gardner,” Sumter County Sheriff’s Workplace Public Data Officer Adrienne Sarvis mentioned.

Three Sumter County deputies have died within the line of obligation, and eight complete have died whereas serving the sheriff’s workplace, police division and freeway patrol.

Contact Lt. James Dukes at (803) 436-2048 for extra info on the prayer breakfast.

The ultimate occasion shall be Sumter Police Division’s ninth-annual Cpl. Chuck Nesbitt Memorial Blood Drive on Friday from 10 a.m. to four p.m. The bloodmobile shall be at Metropolis Centre,. 21 N. Principal St., and parking shall be obtainable behind Sumter Opera Home.

“Cpl. Chuck Nesbitt was killed within the line of obligation in 2011 in a traffic-related accident,” McGirt mentioned. “It is a good strategy to acknowledge his service and assist others by donating life-saving blood.”

To donate, you have to be a minimum of 17 years previous and weigh a minimum of 110 kilos.

“They gives you a mini-exam on web site to find out when you’re capable of give blood that day,” McGirt mentioned. “It is a easy course of.”

There shall be free T-shirts, snacks and drinks obtainable. To schedule an appointment, go to and enter the sponsor code: SumterPolice.

Additionally, Sparrow & Kennedy Tractor Co. and the Metropolis of Sumter are sponsoring a raffle for a 42-inch John Deere zero-turn mower. One ticket is $5, and 5 tickets are $20. Proceeds will profit Sumter Crimestoppers. Tickets shall be obtainable by way of July 9, which is the day of the drawing, and will be bought by contacting Marie Hodge at (803) 436-2719 or Capt. Angie Rabon at (803) 436-2681.

Together with proceeds from the raffle, proceeds from the opposite occasions can even profit Sumter Crimestoppers.

“Crimestoppers is a crucial useful resource for legislation enforcement,” McGirt mentioned. “Their info may help legislation enforcement remedy crimes. They get suggestions that may result in arrests, and it is essential that we assist them as a result of they assist us.”

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