Chief Jim Stewart
Chief Jim Stewart first entered duty in June 1991. Stewart has served the City of Anderson for 32 years. Stewart was named Interim Chief on August 17, 2012, and appointed Chief by city manager John Moore in 2013. Stewart has served in both the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and Detention Division. He has received training and national certification as a Patrol K-9 Handler, 911 Emergency Dispatcher, Field Training Officer, Domestic Violence Investigator, Federal Law Enforcement Training Instructor, and training with the Multi-Jurisdictional Counter Drug Task Force. Stewart along with Councilwoman Bea Thompson initiated the Law Enforcement Community Relations Task Force (aka Dream Team) in 2013.
The task force has received the Public Safety Award from the Municipal Association of South Carolina and the non-profit Organization of the Year from the Riley Institute at Furman University. Chief Stewart has also received the FBI TRILOGY AWARD.
Stewart graduated from Anderson College with an Associate of Arts degree in 1988, from Charleston Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1990. Stewart completed some graduate studies at The Citadel and later graduated from the Anderson University Command College with a Master’s in Criminal Justice in 2011. Stewart is a Diversity Fellow from the Richard Riley Diversity Leadership Institute at Furman University. Married to his wife Jennifer, has a daughter at Clemson University and 2 twin sons at T. L. Hanna High School. Member of First Presbyterian Church where he has served as a Deacon and currently serves as an Elder.
Stewart is a member of Lodge 10 Anderson Fraternal Order of Police, South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association, and serves as President and member of the South Carolina Police Chiefs Association. Stewart also serves on the Board of Upstate Warrior Solutions.
Captain Mike Roberson
Captain Michael Roberson is a native of Savannah, Ga and is a graduate from Savannah High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy in June of 1987 where he served is a Hospital Corpsman and a Recruit Division Commander. Captain Roberson graduated from South Western Community College where he received an associate degree in Medical Lab technology.
He retired from the Navy in December 2007 after 21 years of service. Captain Roberson joined the Anderson Police Department in August 2008 and was assigned to Delta shift as a patrol officer.
He was promoted to Corporal in 2011, Patrol Sergeant in 2013 and Patrol Lieutenant in 2016. Captain Roberson was promoted to Captain in 2021, where he was assigned as the Anderson City Jail Administrator. In July 2022, Captain Roberson was reassigned to patrol and is the supervisor of the patrol and traffic division.
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
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.
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.
The Patrol Division is under the supervision of Captain Mike Roberson . Captain Roberson 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 officers 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.