City of Aiken, South Carolina Government Department of Public Safety

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government Department of Public Safety The Aiken Department of Public Safety provides police and fire services to the citizens of Aiken. The Aiken Department of Public Safety is committed to protecting the life and property of our citizens while promoting a safe community.

We dedicate ourselves to maintaining the highest level of integrity, service and accountability to those we serve.

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Aiken City Council Pass Resolution to Terminate Face Covering Ordinance | City of Aiken, SC Government
05/05/2021
Aiken City Council Pass Resolution to Terminate Face Covering Ordinance | City of Aiken, SC Government

Aiken City Council Pass Resolution to Terminate Face Covering Ordinance | City of Aiken, SC Government

Aiken City Council Pass Resolution to Terminate Face Covering Ordinance Wednesday, May 5, 2021 | Covid-19, News, Public Notice 5 May 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aiken City Council Pass Resolution to Terminate Face Covering Ordinance Ordinance Will Expire May 6, 2021 6 AM Aiken, SC – Aiken City Coun...

Photos from City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism's post
05/03/2021

Photos from City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism's post

The Aiken Department of Public Safety is excited to announce that the City of Aiken has been designated as a Fire Safe S...
04/29/2021

The Aiken Department of Public Safety is excited to announce that the City of Aiken has been designated as a Fire Safe South Carolina Community because of staff’s dedication to community risk reduction, training, fire safety inspections, public education and smoke alarm installations. This designation is a direct reflection of Public Safety’s commitment to reducing home fires, promoting consistent messages, improving data quality and providing valued resources.

https://www.facebook.com/1891035501178570/posts/2956500987965344/?d=n

Along with our partners, we congratulate 80 local fire departments in 33 counties across the state who have actively worked to develop community risk reduction plans for their jurisdictions in 2020.

Click to see if your fire department is listed:http://firesafe.sc.gov/docs/FIRESAFE%20CONGRATS%202020.pdf

The Aiken Department of Public Safety would like to take a moment to remember one of our own who lost his life, on this ...
04/22/2021

The Aiken Department of Public Safety would like to take a moment to remember one of our own who lost his life, on this day in 1950, in service to our community.
According to newspaper accounts, at about 9:18pm on Saturday, April 22, 1950 Sergeant Frampton Gregory and Patrolman Rufus H. Rodgers were dispatched to a family disturbance call in the Toole Hill section of Aiken.
Upon arrival, the officers found a disturbance between a father and his two sons. Sergeant Gregory attempted to arrest one of the sons while Patrolman Rodgers approached the father.
When Patrolman Rodgers started talking with the father, the other son who had been out of sight, slipped behind Patrolman Rodgers and grabbed his gun out of the holster.
Patrolman Rodgers turned to get the gun and the assailant started shooting. Patrolman Rodgers was struck twice, once in the chest and once in the neck.
Patrolman Rodgers died at the scene from the gunshot wounds.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety would like to take a moment to remember one of our own who lost his life, on this day in 1950, in service to our community.
According to newspaper accounts, at about 9:18pm on Saturday, April 22, 1950 Sergeant Frampton Gregory and Patrolman Rufus H. Rodgers were dispatched to a family disturbance call in the Toole Hill section of Aiken.
Upon arrival, the officers found a disturbance between a father and his two sons. Sergeant Gregory attempted to arrest one of the sons while Patrolman Rodgers approached the father.
When Patrolman Rodgers started talking with the father, the other son who had been out of sight, slipped behind Patrolman Rodgers and grabbed his gun out of the holster.
Patrolman Rodgers turned to get the gun and the assailant started shooting. Patrolman Rodgers was struck twice, once in the chest and once in the neck.
Patrolman Rodgers died at the scene from the gunshot wounds.

April 11th-17th is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.  Aiken Public Safety would like to thank all dispatche...
04/14/2021

April 11th-17th is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
Aiken Public Safety would like to thank all dispatchers for everything you do, and everything you have seen.

April 11th-17th is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
Aiken Public Safety would like to thank all dispatchers for everything you do, and everything you have seen.

04/01/2021
Recently, Chief Barranco held a Chat with Chief discussing Aiken Safe Communities and Workforce Development.   Please cl...
03/29/2021

Recently, Chief Barranco held a Chat with Chief discussing Aiken Safe Communities and Workforce Development. Please click the link below for a second chance to view the discussion.
https://cityofaikensc.zoom.us/rec/share/77qT9ZGn_BAhR3XhSNRcgvCfBdO4rQOVwZTrVIsd7Nkww-JdmRNlfaT-NPFd0Vk8.KFwStpUOrpiEI33h

Recently, Chief Barranco held a Chat with Chief discussing Aiken Safe Communities and Workforce Development. Please click the link below for a second chance to view the discussion.
https://cityofaikensc.zoom.us/rec/share/77qT9ZGn_BAhR3XhSNRcgvCfBdO4rQOVwZTrVIsd7Nkww-JdmRNlfaT-NPFd0Vk8.KFwStpUOrpiEI33h

Storms are expected to arrive a little earlier than expected, however we remain in enhanced threat of severe weather wit...
03/18/2021

Storms are expected to arrive a little earlier than expected, however we remain in enhanced threat of severe weather with damaging wind gusts, hail and tornadoes possible. Expect storms to begin around 11am in the CSRA.

Storms are expected to arrive a little earlier than expected, however we remain in enhanced threat of severe weather with damaging wind gusts, hail and tornadoes possible. Expect storms to begin around 11am in the CSRA, noon in central Midlands and 1pm in the eastern Midlands.

Spend part of today going over your safety plans for potential severe weather tomorrow.https://www.facebook.com/NWSColum...
03/17/2021

Spend part of today going over your safety plans for potential severe weather tomorrow.

https://www.facebook.com/NWSColumbia/posts/3754444331298806

Spend part of today going over your safety plans for potential severe weather tomorrow:
-->Ensure Wireless Emergency Alerts are enabled for your phone and your weather radio is working.
-->Figure out where you will shelter in case a tornado warning is issued for your area.

There is a threat to the area for severe weather on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Please be weather aware, have multiple opt...
03/17/2021

There is a threat to the area for severe weather on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Please be weather aware, have multiple options available to receive any weather warnings and a plan for shelter.

https://www.facebook.com/NWSColumbia/posts/3753850738024832

High confidence that we will have severe weather on Thursday. This could be a high impact event with widespread damaging winds and isolated tornadoes, some of which could be strong (EF-2+). Everyone is urged to have a plan for shelter & multiple ways to get warnings. #scwx #gawx

03/07/2021
City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

UPDATE: All city online services are back online.

Atlantic Broadband is experiencing technical issues that are affecting the city's online services. At the current time, there is no estimated time of recovery. Atlantic Broadband is working to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

We regret any inconvenience caused by this matter.

03/02/2021
City of Aiken Engineering & Utilities Department

City of Aiken Engineering & Utilities Department

March 6, 2021 UPDATE: Water samples are good and the Boil Water Advisory has been lifted.

March 5, 2021 UPDATE: Water service has been restored to all customers. A Boil Water Advisory is now in effect for 24 to 48 hours.

The City of Aiken Engineering and Utilities Department will interrupt water service to approximately up to 190 customers on Thursday evening, March 4, 2021, starting at 8 PM. The scheduled interruption will allow the Engineering and Utilities Department to install a valve and relocation of a water main at Huntsman Drive / Hitchcock Pkwy intersection and could extend to the early hours of Friday, March 5.


The interruption of water service will affect customers on the following streets:
• Huntsman Dr. SW
• Ruffian Rd.
• Hasty Rd.
• Cozier Ct.
• Kelso Dr.
• Rican Way
• Calumet Ct.
• Citation Dr. Ponder Ct.
• Agile Ct.
• Hillsdale Dr.
• Equine Ct.
• Woods End Way
• Rinehart Way

Once service is restored and samples are taken, a boil water advisory will affect the impacted residents.

03/01/2021
Hopelands Gardens

Hopelands Gardens

Our seventh video installment celebrating the Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch 50th Anniversary features Councilwoman Lessie Price, who has an extraordinary bond with Hopelands Gardens.

Councilwoman Price shares her father’s experience as Head Caretaker of Hopelands Gardens and the joy and pride he took in maintaining this beautiful property.

We encourage you all to come out and enjoy Hopelands Gardens and make your own unforgettable memories.

Chief Charles D. Barranco congratulates Aiken Department of Public Safety Officers Clinton Broome, Joseph Drayton and An...
02/26/2021

Chief Charles D. Barranco congratulates Aiken Department of Public Safety Officers Clinton Broome, Joseph Drayton and Anthony Mason upon their completion of the South Carolina Fire Academy’s Firefighter Candidate School, on Friday February 26, 2021. Over the past eight weeks, Officers Broome, Drayton and Mason underwent a 320 hour program of classroom and hands-on firefighting skills development. The in-depth training, offered through the SC Fire Academy, includes emergency responder first aid, hazardous materials operations, auto extrication, flammable liquids and gas firefighting, rescue, and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firefighter I and Firefighter II level classes.

PSO Broome was awarded the Order of the Maltese Award. The Maltese Cross is a firefighter’s badge of honor, signifying that he or she works in courage – a ladder rung away from death. The Eight Obligations of The Maltese Cross are: Live in Truth, Repent of Sins, Love Justice, Be Sincere and Whole–Hearted, Have Faith, Give Proof of Humility, Be Merciful, and Endure Persecution. This award was chosen by PSO Broome’s other class recruits.

Congratulations to Aiken Public Safety’s newest firefighters!!

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
02/25/2021

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

*UPDATE* 2/25/21 As of 2:50pm, the playground is open.

*UPDATE* A portion of the playground at Virginia Acres Park (Odell Weeks) will be closed until further notice for maintenance. Please do not enter the closed area where surfacing may be wet. We encourage you to take advantage of this beautiful day at one of our many other parks or playgrounds.

You can hunt for rocks in Hopelands Gardens, hike the trails at Generations Park, observe flora and fauna around Carolina Bay or climb, slide and swing at Eustis Park!

A full list of our parks and playgrounds can be found in the Park Bench Magazine: https://edoc.cityofaikensc.gov/WebLink/DocView.aspx?id=540196&dbid=0&repo=City-of-Aiken-LF

Photo: Eustis Park Playground located at 841 Edgefield Ave. NW

The Aiken Department of Public Safety wants to remind you to turn your vehicle lights on when the weather gets bad! Your...
02/19/2021

The Aiken Department of Public Safety wants to remind you to turn your vehicle lights on when the weather gets bad! Your headlights are essential because they make you more visible to oncoming traffic and cars entering the roadway.

South Carolina law (56-05-4450) requires each driver to use their headlights, excluding parking lights, from a half hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise, and at any other time when windshield wipers are in use as a result of rain, sleet, or snow, or when inclement weather or environmental factors severely reduce the ability to clearly discern persons and vehicles on the street or highway.

Use extra caution with relying on automatic headlights or daytime running lights. The problem with automatic headlights is that they turn on when it gets dark, but they might not necessarily come on automatically in the rain because it might not get dark enough to trigger the sensor. The daytime running lights may always be on, but that doesn't mean your rear lights are on. This will cause the traffic approaching from behind your vehicle to be unaware that you are there.


Other Tips When Driving in the Rain:

Exercise extreme caution after a dry spell. Dry spells allow grease and oil to build up on roads. When mixed with water, the road becomes slick. Typically, the first few hours are the slickest for streets, but if it is not a hard rain, the time length could be greater.

Allow more time for travel. If it is raining, snowing, sleeting, or foggy, you should allow yourself more time to get to your destination. The weather could cause other issues that will change your route.

Brake earlier with less force. This tip allows you to have more distance to stop before reaching the vehicle in front of you. Braking early will also reduce the likelihood of the brakes locking up and the tires sliding on the wet roadways.

Stay toward the middle of the roadways. This tip will assist you with avoiding the water that is standing on the roadway. This also reduces the likelihood of your vehicle hydroplaning.

Don't use cruise control. If you hydroplane, your vehicle will likely accelerate if cruise control is set. Cruise control can also slow your reaction time when you need to be more vigilant.

If you can't tell the depth of water, don't drive through it. Not only could this damage your vehicle's engine and electrical components, but you never know what might be in the middle of that large puddle. It could be that a major water line has erupted, leaving a large hole that could be dangerous for the vehicle and its occupants.

Watch out for pedestrians. The rain makes it harder to see other cars while driving, but it also makes it harder to see pedestrians walking or riding a bicycle on the side of the road.

If it is raining too hard to see, find a safe place to stop and wait it out. Take the time to make it to your destination safely.

Don't brake suddenly or turn the wheel if you start to hydroplane. This action could cause your vehicle to spin into a skid. If you do begin to hydroplane, release the gas pedal slowly and steer straight until your car regains traction. If you should have to brake, then tap the brake pedal (unless you have antilock brakes, in which case you can put your foot down).

Make sure your vehicle is prepared for the weather in which you are driving. Make sure that your windshield wipers are in working condition, your tires are safe for the weather, and your headlights and taillights are working. If unsure about the working order or if the tires are okay, check with a local mechanic about any questions.

City of Aiken Engineering & Utilities Department
02/15/2021
City of Aiken Engineering & Utilities Department

City of Aiken Engineering & Utilities Department

UPDATE – FEBRUARY 18, 2021 – 4:41 p.m.
Water samples are good and the boil water advisory has been canceled.

UPDATE - FEBRUARY 17, 2021 - 3:41 p.m.

Water main valve has been replaced and water service restored. A boil water advisory is in effect for a minimum of 24 hours. The status of the advisory will be posted as information presents itself.

15 FEB 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AIKEN, SC – The City of Aiken Engineering and Utilities
Department will interrupt water service to approximately 180 customers on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, starting at 8:30 a.m. The scheduled interruption will allow the Engineering and Utilities Department to install a valve on Troon Way.

Loss of water or low pressure will affect customers on the following streets:
• 11 Troon Way to 135 Troon Way
• Burnham Court
• Farrington Point
• Lindrick Court
• Prestwick Court
• Saint Annes Court
• Birkdale Court East and West
• Murfield Court
• Saint Andrews Way
• Turnberry Court North and South
• Perth Court North and South
• Carnoustie Court

Once service is restored and samples are taken, a boil water advisory will affect the impacted residents.

02/09/2021

Traffic Advisory: The railroad crossing safety arms are malfunctioning and stuck in the down position for the tracks at the intersection of York Street and Kershaw Street. Public Safety is setting up detours, but expect delays.

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government
02/03/2021

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

A reminder that The City of Aiken is hosting a Blood Drive sponsored by the Red Cross, Today, February 3, 2021, until 3 PM. The blood drive is occurring at the City of Aiken Municipal Building, located at 214 Park Street SW, Aiken, SC 29801.

Donors who have received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccine are eligible to donate.

Sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org (Use Sponsor Code: AikenGives)

Save time by starting your pre-donation reading and health history questions online at www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass the same day of your donation.

Blood types O, A- and B- ask about a Power Red donation!

All donors receive a $5 Amazon e-gift card via e-mail!

The Aiken Department of Public Safety would like to take a moment to remember one of our own who lost her life, on this ...
01/28/2021

The Aiken Department of Public Safety would like to take a moment to remember one of our own who lost her life, on this day in 2012, in service to our community.

On Saturday January 28, 2012 at approximately 7:48am, Master Corporal Sandra “Sandy” Elizabeth Rogers was dispatched to a suspicious vehicle call on the 1000 block of Edgefield Avenue (Eustis Park).

Master Corporal Rogers arrived on the scene, exited her patrol vehicle, and approached the suspect vehicle.
As she approached the vehicle, the suspect pulled a gun, shot and killed Officer Rogers, believing she was there to investigate a murder from the night before.

The suspect fled, after taking her weapon, and a chase ensued. He was apprehended a short time later and her weapon was recovered.

01/27/2021

*****UPDATE: Hitchcock Parkway is re-open to normal traffic flow. Thank you for your patience. *****

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Hitchcock Parkway (SC-118 By-Pass) between Dibble Road & Rinehart Way is currently closed due to a traffic collision. Please avoid the area to reduce delays.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety would like to take a moment to remember one of our own who lost his life on this d...
01/26/2021

The Aiken Department of Public Safety would like to take a moment to remember one of our own who lost his life on this day in 1978, in service to our community.

On Thursday, January 26, 1978, at approximately 8:40 am, the Department of Public Safety received a house fire report on Jehossee Drive.

Station # 2 and Public Safety Officers, including Officer H. Michael Harvey, responded to the call. Upon arrival, they found the dwelling's rear porch was burning, and electrical arcing was occurring.
About this time, Officer Harvey took an aluminum alloy ladder off one of the responding engines and placed it on the dwelling's rear.
Upon placing the ladder on the dwelling, Officer Harvey was immediately struck by an electrical shock. He was knocked loose from the ladder by other Officers.

Officer Harvey was transported to Aiken Hospital for medical treatment but was pronounced dead a short time later.

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