Ssgt. James Sinkler

Staff Sgt. James Sinkler started his career in law enforcement with the S.C. Highway Patrol in 1988 after serving as a U.S. Marine. A native of Sumter, Sinkler joined the Sumter Police Department in 2013 after retiring as 1st sergeant over Troop 1 in the Highway Patrol.

Having started as a corporal in what was then the department’s Crime Prevention Unit, he now heads the unit which has broadened its scope and responsibilities to become the Community Services Unit.

Through his leadership, the Community Services Unit assists the agency in building community relationships by strategically coordinating ways to address grassroots issues, disseminate information of public interest and build goodwill in the community.

Staff Sgt. Sinkler serves as a vital team leader for the agency and can be reached at:

(803) 436-2723

About Community Services

  • The Community Services Unit is comprised of four sections: Crime Prevention, Public Information, Business & Downtown District Patrols and the CheckMate Program. These sections were implemented to build community relationships through engagement with law enforcement and to enhance the quality of life for all citizens in the city of Sumter through various community outreach programs, education and information.

    Unit officers develop and implement comprehensive crime prevention programs that identify and assess crime risks and formulate positive responses to reduce the incidence of criminal activity. They also maintains an active role in community interest groups, such as Neighborhood Watch, and civic organizations with an emphasis on the positive change of police and citizen concerns. These officers build public trust by organizing and attending various community sponsored events pertaining to public safety concerns or other social events to enhance partnerships with the community.

    An array of programs are designed to proactively address crime issues and promote community interaction. These programs include but are not limited to: Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, Property Identification programs, Community Outreach programs and School Mentoring.

    Business Watch promotes merchants within a defined area knowing one another and communicating effectively with the Police Department to proactively address issues, enhance employee and customer safety and provide a more profitable business community.

    The unit also keeps the public informed through regular press releases sent to the media and through the department’s social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

    Neighborhood Watch emphasizes neighbors knowing neighbors as the first line of defense in crime prevention. Participants receive training on effective reporting techniques and proactive measures that reduce opportunity for criminal activity in their neighborhoods. Organized watch groups receive timely updates and helpful tips to increase personal and home safety.

    See the tabs below for more about the programs offered:

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