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South Congaree PD hires two, promotes two

South Congaree, SC – South Congaree Police Chief Josh Shumpert promoted two officers at a recent meeting of the town’s council.

Officer Patrick Clemens was promoted from patrolman to corporal. Shumpert said that Clemens demonstrates a high level of professionalism daily in dealing with his duties as an officer with the department.

Clemens has worked at several agencies prior to joining the South Congaree force. The valuable experience that he has gained at each of those agencies makes him a positive asset for the town of South Congaree. Corporal Clemmons’ wife was at the meeting as he was promoted to show her support.

Officer Roger Singleton was promoted from corporal to sergeant. Singleton is a native of South Congaree. Singleton is the K-9 handler for the town. In promoting Singleton, Shumpert said that he can always count on him when he needs assistance, no matter the time of the day or night.

In the recent case of the arson investigation of the South Congaree Community Barn, Singleton was called back in during the middle of the night. He responded quickly and was instrumental in the arrest of the young man who burned the barn.

Singleton’s family was in attendance during the promotion. His father, Duke Singleton, said that the entire family was glad to see Sergeant Singleton’s accomplishments and were glad to see that his hard work and dedication has been recognized.

Chief Shumpert also introduced several new officers to the assembled crowd during the meeting. Officers Joseph Mathis came to South Congaree from the Batesburg Leesville Police Department. Officer Eddie Stone had previously worked with Richland county. These officers joined the department, filling two vacancies that had come open when two other officers left recently.

Both of the new hires will be instrumental in the operations of South Congaree’s Department. Beside their duties to patrol streets of the town, their duties will include keeping up with the Clemens training certifications for the town’s officer, acting as the Mathias victims advocate school resource officer, handling the investigative responsibilities, and other important functions.

Retired City of Columbia officer Lance Adams has also joined the South Congaree Department as a reserve officers. Adams is an accomplished MMA fighter and also has a school that teaches MMA fighting and grappling techniques in Columbia.

Adams will be working on helping the department’s other officers improve their physical fitness. Shumpert said that he plans to utilize Adams to develop programs that would allow officers an opportunity use the department’s well equipped gym more frequently.

All of the promoted and new officers were welcomed by the mayor, the town’s councilmembers, and the public that was in attendance.

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