Juvenile / Victim Services
The Juvenile Services Unit is charged with investigating crimes committed by individuals under the age of 17 as well as suspected cases of child abuse. Investigators work closely with the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in an effort to improve and promote the quality of life for the youth of the City of Orangeburg. The unit is also a key player in area anti-gang initiatives and juvenile diversion programs aimed at the early identification of at risk youth and timely intervention.
School Resource Officer
The School Resource Officer strives to improve the working environment for students, administrators, faculty, service workers and others. By building these positive relationships the SRO will have greater success in the solvability of criminal acts, the prevention of crime, successful drug interventions, drug interdictions and the ability to effectively address non-criminal student needs. The School Resource Officer serves as our department's liaison to the school, a mentor, a positive role model and a friend to all students.
- To provide non-judgmental practical and emotional assistance to victims of crime or tragedy. This assistance and support can be provided through follow up or immediate crisis intervention.
- To assist in the delivery, explanation and follow-up of victim impact statements and crisis intervention.
- To assist in the delivery, explanation and follow-up of victim impact statements, applications or financial benefits and claims for restitution.
- To keep victims informed of proceedings with the criminal justice system.
- Maintenance of confidentiality at all times.
- To provide victim / witnesses with formalized court preparation sessions and accompaniment to court as required.
- To provide information on, and referrals to, other community agencies who act as additional resources for victims.
- The accurate completion of written reports and records as required, including updating the investigating member of any additional information received while interacting with a victim.
- To provide victims with appropriate educational and preventive information. The provision of emergency transportation for victims when necessary