Chief Roark

Chief Roark’s policing philosophy is to improve the quality of life through intelligence-led policing while developing partnerships within the community. He is an advocate for the well-being of his employees, works to improve their quality of life, and strives to foster employee development through mentorship and training. Chief Roark joined the Sumter Police Department as Deputy Chief in December of 2009. He was sworn in as Chief of Police of the Sumter Police Department in September 2011.


Prior to coming to the Sumter Police Department, Chief Roark served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for more than twenty-six years. He retired as Colonel of the Highway Patrol in May 2008, a post he had held since June 2003. Upon his retirement he worked in the private sector as a consultant with Ward Services in Columbia, South Carolina.


Chief Roark holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Leo University in Criminal Justice and is a 2005 Graduate of the South Carolina Executive Institute. Additionally, Chief Roark graduated from 184th session of the FBI National Academy and was the 2006 recipient of the Strom Thurmond for Excellence in Law Enforcement.




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Deputy Chief Holston

Alvin Holston was appointed Deputy Chief of the City of Sumter Police Department in September 2011. Deputy Chief Holston has over 28 years in law enforcement, beginning his career in the United States Air Force as a Military Police Specialist in 1986. He joined the Sumter Police Department in 1991 rising through the ranks from Patrolman, Detective, Detective Lieutenant, Captain/Commander of Criminal Investigations, and Major of Operations before being appointed to Deputy Chief.


Throughout the majority of his career with the agency, Holston worked for 15 years in the department’s Criminal Investigations Division, gaining expertise in general investigations, narcotics, warrants services and other administrative specialities, eventually serving as commander of the Division before being promoted to Major of Operations in 2009.


Deputy Chief Holston holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University and graduated from the 243rd session of the FBI National Academy.

Command Staff

Capt. Jackson:
Patrol

Capt. Rabon:
Investigations

Capt. Evans:
Support Services

Lt. Bradshaw:
Narcotics and Vice

Lt. Rivers:
Community Services

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