Captain Robert Rivas
Captain Robert A. Rivas began his law enforcement career with the City of Anderson Police Department in September 1992. As an officer, Robert Rivas served in the Patrol and Vice-Narcotics Units. His major career training includes Patrol Investigative Techniques, Criminal Analysis, Marijuana Analysis, Organized Crime Investigation, Money Laundering Investigation, First Line Supervisor, Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, Police Executive Development, Senior Grant Specialist and Reviewer, Internal Affairs and Criminal Intelligence Analysis. In managing the Administrative and Records Division, Captain Rivas is responsible for maintaining police records, budget oversight, federal and state grant coordination, and the administrative operations within the physical facility of the Department.
Robert Rivas is a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia and the United States Secret Service Training Center in Beltsville, Maryland. Rivas holds an Associate in Science (1986), a B/A in Psychology (1988) and a M/A in Management of Organizations (1992) and he is currently certified as a Radar Operator.
Academic and professional achievements include graduating summa cum laude with a B/A in Psychology in 1988 and completing the Masters program with a cumulative 3.825 GPA in 1992. In addition to graduating from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy with honors, Robert Rivas has received an award for academic excellence and a certificate for qualifying as a sharpshooter on the practical pistol course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He also received a certificate in recognition for achieving outstanding performance in physical conditioning from the United States Secret Service Uniform Division.
Since the mid-1990’s, Rivas has been instrumental in the acquisition of approximately four million dollars in grant funding for the department which was derived from the successful development of at least 29 competitive grant proposals and 12 direct awards. The grant awards resulted in the implementation of at least 9 crime and traffic crash suppression programs. The awards also increased the department’s sworn staff by 17 personnel and assisted the department in the acquisition of hundreds of thousands of dollars for needed equipment.
It is the policy of the Anderson Police Department to ensure that integrity is maintained through an internal system. Complaints will be investigated in an impartial manner. If the matter is determined to be criminal in nature, it will be reported to the appropriate agency. If the complaint is to be handled internally by the Internal Affairs Division you will be notified by mail of the final disposition of the matter. If the case is sustained, you will not be notified of the disciplinary action(s) taken against the employee. This action is a personnel matter, not public information.
If you feel that your rights have been violated and you would like to file a complaint against an employee of the Anderson Police Department, please contact the Internal Affairs Division. You can be assured that the Anderson Police Department will not tolerate any misconduct on the part of an Anderson Police Department employee. Any fictitious or misleading complaints against an employee may be subject to Criminal and/or Civil prosecution under section 16-9-30 of the South Carolina Code of Laws.
A complaint can be filed with Internal Affairs in the following ways:
- Go to the Anderson Police Department and request to speak with an internal affairs investigator or the shift supervisor
- Call the Internal Affairs Office at 864-231-2288.
- Write a letter to the attention of either the Chief of Police or the Internal Affairs Division at Anderson Police Department, 401 South Main Street, Anderson, SC 29624
- Email complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internal Affairs Reports
Inspector Garland Major
Garland Major, a second-generation police officer, was hired by the City of Anderson as a detective in January of 2017. In January of 2018, he was promoted to Inspector and assumed the position of Internal Affairs Coordinator.
Inspector Major began his career in Greenville as a uniformed deputy in 1984. Over the span of the next 33 years, he rose through the ranks and served as a Patrol Sergeant, Criminal Investigator, Senior Criminal Investigator, Training Sergeant, Investigations Sergeant, Investigations Lieutenant and eventually retired from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office as a Captain and Commander of the Criminal Investigation Division.
Garland holds an Associate’s Degree in Public Service from Greenville Technical College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Criminal Justice major from Columbia College. He is an Adjunct Instructor with the SC Criminal Justice Academy and is nationally certified as a trainer in Fair and Impartial Policing. Not only has he received specialized and advanced training in the fields of leadership, police administration, homicide, sexual assault and child abuse, Inspector Major has written and published training manuals on Crime Scene Response, Violent Crime Investigation and Child Sexual Assault Investigation. He is currently president of Anderson Area Crime stoppers, Inc. and serves as an advisor on the Anderson County Child Death Investigation Task Force.
Commonly Asked Questions
The Anderson Police Department appreciates anyone taking the time to commend an officer. There are
several ways to thank an officer:
Call the Police Department at 231‐2277 and request to speak to the shift supervisor.
Mail a thank you note to the Office of the Chief at 401 South Main Street Anderson SC 29624.
IA complaint can be filed with Internal Affairs in the following ways:
Go to the Anderson Police Department and request to speak with an internal affairs investigator or the
shift supervisor. Call the Internal Affairs Office at 864‐231‐2288. Write a letter to the attention of either
the Chief of Police or the Internal Affairs Division at Anderson Police Department, 401 South Main
Street, Anderson, SC 29624.
Checking for registered sex offenders in our area is simple. Simply go to SLED’s website at
http://services.sled.sc.gov/SOR/. If you do not have internet access you may contact your local sheriff’s
To find out the status regarding property/evidence you may call 864‐332‐5700
If your car was towed by the City of Anderson you can call the city garage at 864‐231‐2248 to inquire
about the car.
Clicking on Code of Ordinances on the Community tab of the main menu or logging in directly at
or non emergency calls for a specific officer, call dispatch at 864‐231‐2280 and leave a message for the
officer. Each officer can be emailed. You can locate their email addresses by logging in to the city’s
directory at http://www.cityofandersonsc.com/staff-directory. Officer’s schedules vary so
they may not be able to return your call or email immediately.
Always dial 911 for an emergency and give the dispatcher all of the information that is requested such
as your name, address, phone number, nature of crime, persons involved and what type of weapons are
involved. It is very important that you give all of the requested information to the dispatcher as this
makes the police officer more aware of the situation and crime.
You can report a lead or tip on a case to Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or you may email a tip to
email@example.com or visit the tip line page located in the main menu. You may also contact the Detective handling a criminal investigation by
calling 864‐231‐2277. To leave any narcotics or gang activity tips call 864‐231‐2277 and
leave a message.
Tickets, fines and parking payments are no longer collected at the City of Anderson Police Department.
All payments are now collected at the Anderson City Court Collections Office at the City of Anderson
Municipal Business Center, located at 601 S. Main St. Hours are 8:30 a.m.‐5 p.m., Monday‐Friday. The
phone number for the division is 864‐226‐3403.
The Court room is located in the City Hall Complex on John Street. There is a parking lot on John Street
where you can park for court and other court business.
The Records Division is the repository of all Department generated records. Its primary focus is to ensure the integrity of the Department’s records and to maintain these records in a variety of informational systems to be retrieved as needed.
The Records Division provides customer service to the public and police officers by providing information and support services. This includes request for Incident Reports, Traffic Accident Reports, Arrest Reports, Criminal Statistical Reports, Criminal History Check, Taxi Driver Permits, data processing of arrest, traffic citations, traffic accident and incident reports and liaison with the Municipal Court.
All criminal and traffic fines should be paid at 601 South Main Street, the Municipal Business Center.
Record checks are provided through our agency and only covers arrest that have been made by our Department. You must have a signed consent form from the person that the record check is for, or show a photo ID if you are obtaining a check on yourself. The charge for this service is $5.00.
To accomplish the above tasks the Records Division is staffed by four employees and supervised by Captain Robert Rivas. Our staff makes every effort to answer questions and handle request in a timely and courteous manner.
Incident Report Copies – Free to victims; $8.50 for all other parties
Accident Report Copies – Free to involved parties; all others $8.50
Record Checks – $5.00
Taxi Driver Permits – $7.00
Finger Print Cards – $10.00
Other Photo Copies – $8.50
FOIA Hour Rate** – $15.00
FOIA Material Cost per CD** – $0.50/per CD
FOIA Material Cost per Page** – $0.10/Page
FOIA Minimum Charge** – $20.00
Precious Metal Permits – $50.00
Towing Fee – $120.00
Towing Storage Fee*** – $20.00/per Day
Events Permits – $25.00
*Prices subject to change without notice.
**Prices listed for FOIA requests are for requests that meet the $20.00 minimum order. FOIA requests that are estimated to cost $19.99 or less and which do not fall into any of the other categories will be transacted at no cost. If the estimated total cost is $20.00 or more, the fee must be deposited in advance with cashier’s check or money order. Estimates for a request can be provided at no charge.
***Towing Storage Fee- The first day of storage is included in the towing fee.
Note: All fees are in the aggregate. Piece-milling a project will result in charges once the aggregate threshold reaches $20.00.