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Sgt R.D. Gunter
Office: (803)401-8984/8985
Cell: (803)429-9141

Sgt. Gunter graduated high school in 1988. He joined the Army National Guard in 1990. Sgt. Gunter was called to serve his country in Desert Storm.  Sgt. Gunter joined the Columbia Police Department in 1991. In 1992, Sgt. Gunter joined the police Canine unit (K-9).  In 1994, Sgt. Gunter helped train and work the first Columbia Police Department trained patrol Rottweiler “Rock”.  In 1996, Sgt. Gunter trained with National K-9 organization American Society of Canine Training (ASCT) founder, Chris Aycock. In 1997, the Columbia Police Department K-9 Unit joined the ASCT and became a nationally certified K-9 Unit. Sgt. Gunter trained K-9 Handlers and Police working dogs up until 2011.  In 2006, Richland County Court of General Sessions recognized Sgt. Gunter as an “Expert” in the canine field (State v White).  In 2007, the South Carolina Court of Appeals also recognized Sgt. Gunter as an “Expert” (State v White).  In 2009, the South Carolina Supreme Court Canine case also recognized Sgt. Gunter as an “Expert” in the canine field. That ruling set the state Supreme Court standards regarding working class K-9s and tracking K-9s. 2011 – 2013 Sgt. Gunter formulated and presented four South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy approved canine courses in basic handling, advanced skills/techniques, Canine liability pertaining to law enforcement Canine and Civic minded policies.  Sgt. Gunter holds certification as a National Master Canine Trainer and continues to train Police, Military and Civilian canines and canine Handlers.  Sgt. Gunter is currently assigned to the Hospitality Safety Team. While working on the Hospitality Safety Team, Sgt. Gunter is charged with addressing the business concerns in the 5 major hospitality business districts within the City of Columbia.  Sgt. Gunter enjoys going to church, raising his grandchildren, breeding, importing/exporting his own line of German Shepherd Canines (Von Gunter breed) and services to the public and private sector.  Sgt. Gunter is proud to continue to serve the citizens of the City of Columbia.


MPO C.D. McNeill
Office: (803)401-8984
Cell: (803)730-8546

MPO Charles D. McNeill was hired on January 14, 1974 as a Police Officer. In 1984, MPO McNeill was promoted to Corporal, assigned to the Downtown area. MPO McNeill was assigned to the decentralized SWAT unit from 1993-2004. In 1993, MPO McNeill was promoted to Sergeant and assigned in the North Region. Six months later he was transferred to Investigation Division in charge of the Narcotics Unit. In 2000 he was transferred to the Uniformed Division in the Metro Region. He worked as a Street Supervisor for approximately one year then was transferred to Administrative Sergeant/Residential Patrol Unit for the Metro Region. In 2004, then Sergeant McNeill retired from the Columbia Police department. Five Weeks later, he was rehired as a Patrolman and assigned to work the Vista Area during the evening hours. In January 2011, MPO McNeill was assigned to the newly created PACE team.  In October 2012 MPO McNeill was assigned to the Hospitality Team.

Area of Responsibilities:
To conduct checks on businesses that serve prepared food, alcohol and gaming devices.  I also work with these businesses to make sure they are in complaince with all the City Ordinances.

Also responsible for: Devine St. Business Association, Downtown Neighborhood Association, Five Points Merchant Association, Harbison Communitiy Association, North Main Business Association, Public Space Community, Two Notch Rd Business Association and the Vista Guild


Officer W.L. Odom
Office: (803)401-8984

No biography available at this time.

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