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Mission Statement

The mission of the Assisting Columbia's Elderly (A.C.E) is to serve as an advocate for the senior citizen population. To plan, research, monitor and coordinate direct and indirect services and activities in order to promote lifelong dignity and independence.

Assisting Columbia's Elderly Program (A.C.E)

The Chief is pleased to announce the A.C.E. Program. The program is designed to provide members of the senior community, with a direct liaison to the Columbia Police Department.  Currently two officers from the Columbia Police Department are dedicated to "getting to know" members of the senior community and to offer any advice or guidance about programs available to them.

The Chief as well as all members of the Columbia Police Department are concerned about the number of times senior citizens become the victim of a scam artist or the insistent telephone solicitation. Senior Citizens may not have anyone to turn to for advice or guidance.  The purpose of the A.C.E. program is to develop a friendship between members of the senior community and police department. We hope that through this friendship, lines of communication between the senior citizen and the police department will be enhanced.

The A.C.E Officers are here to help and to answer any questions that you may have. Please feel free to give their office a call, including myself.  We're here to help.

A.C.E can be reached
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Senior Citizen: The Victim (see various tip links below)

The most common ways Senior citizens are victimized are:

  • Identity theft - (Someone misuses your personal information to open charge cards, cell phones or other service)

  • Telephone and mail solicitations for money - (Someone saying they are a Grandson or Nephew, work for your bank, phony sweepstakes or lottery winnings, fake charities, phony unpaid bills.

  • Burglary

  • Theft of wallet or purse from your cart while shopping.

  • E-Mail scams for money from outside the country.

  • Home improvement and auto repair fraud.

  • Door to door sales.

  • Unauthorized use of your credit card number.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your A.C.E. Liaison Officers at:  (803)545-3660 or email J.R Swisher.

If you need the immediate police assistance, or observe any suspicious persons, vehicles or activities, please call
911 immediately.

Crime Prevention Recommendations for
Senior Citizens


Personal Safety
At Home

Fraud and Scams

Identity Theft

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