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Town of Central ranked No. 10 among safest S.C. cities

Town of Central ranked No. 10 among safest S.C. cities

    06.15.20 | Community by Ed Welch

    The town of Central earned a top ranking as one of the safest cities in South Carolina, according to a recent study. ranks cities across the nation, using FBI crime statistics, U.S. Census population data and demographic information.

    “The Town of Central, S.C. is special for a good number of reasons – its people, its history, its university and now this recognition as one of the top 10 safest cities in the state,” said Dr. Todd Voss, president of Southern Wesleyan University, whose campus lies within the Central town limits. “We could not be more proud of our collaborative community and leadership!  Congratulations, Central!”

    Steve Thompson, Central’s police chief, said, “We at The Town of Central Police Department love and respect our community, we define our operation by “3 D’s,” duty – our moral obligation to protect and serve our community, dedication – respect company time, remain busy and care for your co-workers as well as your community, and determination – be motivated, driven and focused, have a purpose and control your outcome for the betterment of our community.”

    “Southern Wesleyan University is blessed to be situated in an area that is not only beautiful but is also safe place to live,” said Dr. Brad Bowen, director of campus safety at Southern Wesleyan. “We are grateful to be able to work closely with our surrounding law enforcement agencies, especially the Central Police Department. Additionally, Campus Safety continues to make safety improvements to campus including camera upgrades, safety training, and emergency mass notification systems.”

    The Top 20 rankings for South Carolina can be found online at

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