When Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile joined the department 25 years ago, there was one deputy per shift in the panhandle area.
Now there are three deputies per shift, a district commander, an investigator and a new substation that opened recently to serve as their headquarters.
“It’s been a tremendous help to us,” Faile said, “just having a good work environment for the officers to work and meet with victims, interview witnesses and suspects, file a report.”
Thirteen deputies work out of the substation in Indian Land, along with a rotating staff of Sun City volunteers who run the front desk and perform administrative duties. Residents no longer have to drive to Lancaster to pick up a sheriff’s office report.
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The substation is in a building across from Inspiration Network’s City of Light campus, a few storefronts down from Di-Dee’s Diner. It houses a conference room, offices, a small kitchen and workstations.
“We’ve gotten a positive response from the community,” Faile said, “knowing they have some place to go to deal with their law enforcement needs.”
Now the sheriff is requesting more deputies to service the influx of residents and businesses moving into Indian Land, a fast-growing part of the county with a population approaching 25,000.
Lt. Colie Trimnal is the patrol commander at the new substation.
Deputy Bill Murphy, who is in charge of crime prevention and community services for the sheriff’s office, said among the substation’s assets is a secure drop box for old and expired medication that is removed each night and its contents destroyed.
“The drug drop is certainly beneficial to the folks up here,” Murphy said. “The more we can get them out of someone’s hands, the more likely they won’t get into the wrong hands.”
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The new Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Indian Land substation is at 1821 Sandal Brook Road, Suite 107A. For more information on the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, go to lacoso.net.