Patrol Division

Comanding Officers

Chief Jim Stewart

Chief Jim S. Stewart first entered duty in June 1991. Chief Stewart has served in both the Patrol and Investigative Divisions. He has received training and certifications as a Patrol K-9 Handler, 911 Emergency Dispatcher, Field Training Officer, Domestic Violence Investigator, National Incident Management System, Federal Law Enforcement Training Instructor, Advanced DUI Detection and the Multi Jurisdictional Counter Drug Task Force. 

He has served in the Patrol Division as a K-9 Handler, and as a Shift Sergeant. Stewart served in the Investigations Division as a Detective Sergeant, in the Patrol Division as Lieutenant over Bravo Shift. Stewart was promoted to Captain over Patrol and was responsible for the administration, management, and daily operations of the four shifts and 50 officers comprising the Patrol Division and Strike Team. Chief Stewart graduated from Anderson College with an Associate of Arts in 1988, Charleston Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in 1990, and some graduate studies at The Citadel. Captain Stewart also graduated from Anderson University Command College with a Master’s Criminal Justice Degree. 

Captain Michael Aikens

Captain Michael Aikens started his law enforcement career with the South Carolina Department of Corrections in 1999, where he was assigned to Perry Correctional Institution. Captain Aikens accepted a position with the City of Anderson Police Department in April 2003. He graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in August 2003.

While serving in the Patrol Division, Captain Aikens was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Captain Aikens served in the Patrol Division until 2007 at which time he transferred to Criminal Investigations. Captain Aikens was assigned to Property Crimes where his investigation duties included Burglary, Grand Larceny and Malicious Damage to Real or Personal Property. In 2008, Captain Aikens was assigned to the Major Violence Crimes Unit where his investigative duties included Murder, Attempted Murder, Assault and Battery 1st & 2nd Degree, Kidnapping and Carjacking.

In June of 2011, while serving in the Criminal Investigations Division, Aikens was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Captain Aikens continued to investigate Major Violent Crimes and supervise Case Investigators. Captain Aikens has received training in several specialties some of which include; Basic Detectives Course, Practical Homicide, Investigating and Prosecuting Hate Crimes, Interview and Body Language Technique, Reid Advanced Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation, Suicide Investigation and Statement Analysis. Captain Aikens also completed IPTM’s – Managing the Detective Unit training course at the University of North Florida.

Captain Aikens handles all Administrative and Operational management of the Investigative Division and assist in all major crimes. Aikens responsibilities will also, include supervising and overseeing the 17 employees in this Division.

Crime Stoppers

What Is CrimeStoppers?

Crime Stoppers began in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September of 1976. Members of the local community, in partnership with the media and law enforcement, began an effort to provide crime-solving assistance to law enforcement.

A cash reward was offered to anonymous persons who telephone the Crime Stoppers hot line with information which led to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible for felony offenses.

The Crime Stoppers program has enjoyed great success boasting an average conviction rate of 95% on cases solved by Crime Stoppers’ tips. The Crime Stoppers programs worldwide have solved over a half a million crimes and recovered over 3 billion dollars worth of stolen property and narcotics.

Today, there are over 1,000 Crime Stoppers programs in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Bahamas, British West Indies, Micronesia, and other nations.

Three Essential Elements Make Up a Crime Stopper Program

THE COMMUNITY
Citizens are responsible for forming a Crime Stoppers non-profit corporation, whose directors establish policy, determine amount and method of reward payments, work closely with the police and the media and generally oversee the program. The directors are also responsible for fund raising, and all volunteer service. Tax money is not sought.

THE MEDIA
Crime Stoppers methods, objectives, successes and phone numbers are publicized on a regular basis by the media.

THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
A special Crime Stoppers phone with a well publicized number is provided to the community. Callers are assigned a special Code number. If, after the investigation, the information leads to an arrest, the caller is entitled to a reward.

Procedure for Reporting Tips and Payment thereof:

Tips must be received via the Crime Stoppers’ tip line 1-888-CRIME-SC. Tips may also be entered online through the Crime Stoppers’ website. Once entered into the CAD system (Computer Aided Dispatch), a case/tip number will be assigned.

A Law Enforcement Officer may call in a tip or enter a tip online on behalf of a tipster/informant.

If the tipster/informant is interested in a reward or in reporting additional information, he/she is told to call back periodically with the case/tip number.

If an arrest is made based on the tip, the tipster/informant will be told when and where to pick up the reward check. When picking up the reward check the tipster/informant will only have to identify themselves by the tip/case number that was assigned to them. This will enable the tipster/informant to remain anonymous.

The amount paid for a tip is based on the nature and severity of a crime and will be determined by the CrimeStoppers executive board members.

Patrol

The Patrol Division is under the supervision of Captain Michael Aikens. Captain Aikens supervises four shifts: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta. Also under his command are the DUI Traffic Unit, The COPS Team (Community Oriented Policing Services), The Reserve officers, and the SWAT Team. The Patrol officers are assigned to different zones of the city. The shifts are supervised by a Lieutenant and Sergeant. Several officers are Corporals and Field Training Officers who assist in training new mofficers at the City of Anderson Police Department. The officers work 12 hour shifts and are on straight
day or night shifts.

Patrol Officers answer calls disseminated through the 911 system and provide a presence in neighborhoods to deter criminal activity. Each shift is responsible for initial response, investigation and collection of evidence.  

The supervisors on each shift assign officers to the zones in the city providing 24 hour coverage 365 days a year.

COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services)

The primary purpose of the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) team is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of the City of Anderson through a community partnership that promotes safe neighborhoods. The COPS team takes a zero-tolerance approach to issues that diminish the public safety and/or reduce that quality of life.

The COPS team utilizes bicycles as an integral part of patrolling the streets of the city. The purpose for this is accessibility to the citizens and mobility as well. You will normally find the COPS team in areas with disproportionately higher crime rates and also at large gatherings such as festivals, community functions, etc.

The team can also be scheduled to attend school and other youth and children functions to speak about safety or other concerns.

The COPS team also will occasionally attend community watch meetings to hear the concerns of the citizens at those meetings in order to have a greater grasp on what are the pressing needs of any given community in the City. After attending these meetings the COPS team will act as soon as possible to address these concerns.

The COPS team initiative focuses on “grassroots” tactical strategies in order to apprehend and prosecute criminal offenders.The team is made up of four officers plus a Sergeant and a Lieutenant. These members must be physically fit, patient and of sound character and proactive in their approach to law enforcement.

To reach the COPS team you may call Lt. Vincent Smith at (864) 231-2277