Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) Former Chapin Police Chief Troy Crump was honored yesterday afternoon at a retirement drop-in held in the community room of the town hall. His last day with the town will be July 28th.
Crump worked in law enforcement for many years. Prior to becoming the Chapin department’s Community Relations Captain, he had been the department’s police chief. He had also served in various positions with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department where he was a road deputy and later a criminal investigator. He also worked with the City of Columbia Police Department for a number of years.
During the drop-in that was hosted by the town, Crump’s family, friends, former employees, and citizens from the community came to honor and thank him for his service. This included former Police Chief Robert Smith who retired years ago. He policed the town during the 70’s and later before he retired.
Chief Smith was employed at a time when the small town could only afford one office, a part-time chief, who was responsible for every aspect of law enforcement in the area. Often, back-up was miles away if it was needed.
Chief Smith supported his family with a full-time job during the weekdays and policed the town at night and on the weekends as the chief in a part-time, and in an on-call role. Much has changed since that day. He knows the pleasures and the problems with policing a town like Chapin; a town where everyone knows everyone. He stopped by like most just to say thanks to Crump for a job well done.
Crump is not planning on taking it easy after his retirement. He has been working part-time in the past as a teacher for the SC Whitmore School, a SC on-line charter school, and they have now offered him a full-time position as an instructor with them.