Public Safety Complex
The new 36,905-square-foot headquarters of the Sumter Police Department will allow for future growth of the department while also serving as a source of pride for the community it serves. With more than 175 sworn and civilian personnel, the previous facility on Hampton Avenue -- which housed the Sumter Police Department, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office and the E911 center -- could no longer accomodate staffing levels and infrastructure needs.
The first floor of the old City-County Law Enforcement Center was built in the 1970s; a second floor was added in the 1980s.
Extensive planning and research were done prior to the design phase of the building.Several factors were considered prior to construction, including local weather patterns, security, Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, adequate storage and advancements in technology. The new $5 million facility is expected to serve the community for at least 50 years.
Anchoring the other half of the Public Safety Complex is a new 24,000-square-foot headquarters for the Sumter Fire Department.This state-of-the-art facility on North Lafayette Drive has ample training space, a gym to keep firefighters in top condition, plenty of living space as shifts are 24 hours, a situation room and a commercial kitchen.
With bunk lockers situated in the bay, gear can be accessed quickly and easily to better serve the public at a moment’s notice. Other facets include an original 1908 steamer truck and mementos from yesteryear to pay homage to Sumter’s firefighters from the past.