History

Police Department History

The Simpsonville Police Department was founded in 1907 and consisted of two non-uniformed patrol officers, one on days and one on nights.  Charlie J. Hamby was hired in 1928 as the first Chief of Police.  He was also the first uniformed police officer.

Today's Simpsonville Police Department is very different than when Chief Hamby was working.  Keith Grounsell is now the Chief of Police and has an approved staff of 41 sworn officers, 8 dispatchers and 2 civilians.

The police department divisions include uniform patrol, criminal investigations, school resource officers, vice and narcotics, bicycle patrol, animal control, property and evidence, police reserves, communications and victim's assistance.  All the divisions are vital to the day to day operation of the department.

In 2014 the police department added citizen based programs that provide opportunities giving civilians the chance to work side by side with officers of the department  The police intern program was started to allow qualified college students a chance to learn the law enforcement profession by working directly with officers of the department.  The Citizens Police Academy is held twice a year and allows citizens to participate in a 9 week academy that puts the department and our employees at the forefront.  The program allows civilians to learn about the inner workings of the department and each division.  The Police Explorer Program is a nationwide program that allows youth 14-20 a chance to participate and train the way police officers do.

 

Pictured Above:  Police Chief Charlie Hamby and the first badge used by the police department

 

Pictured Above: Progression of the Simpsonville Police Department's Shoulder Patches

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