Keith Parks-Appointment as Chief of Police

The Town of Pine Ridge is pleased to announce that Keith Parks has been selected as the Town’s new Police Chief.  Chief Parks is a native of Chicago Illinois, born and raised on Chicago’s South Side. Chief Parks has served in Law Enforcement for 15 years holding various positions to include Sergeant, Major Crimes Detective, Gang Detective, School Resource Officer, and Chief of Police. Chief Parks studied Criminal Justice at Parkland College, and went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Human Development from the University of North Dakota, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Bellevue University. Chief Parks is a 2014 graduate of the FBI’S Supervisor Leadership Institute, Command Institute, and Executive Leadership Institute completing the Federal Bureau of Investigations Executive Leadership Training. Chief Parks also holds a Gang Specialist Certification for the state of South Carolina and a B.I.D. Instructor Certification. Awards & Recognition
In 2017, Chief Parks was recognized by the South Side Help Center in Chicago Il, for his dedication with working with at risk inner-city youth. The South Side Help Center Board of Directors presented Chief Parks with the 2017 Youth Legacy Award. In 2016, Chief Parks was inducted into the Parkland College Athletic Hall of Fame by the Parkland College Board of Trustees. In 2015, the Estill Federal Prison recognized Chief Parks for his efforts with revitalizing the Town of Estill Police Department. In 2017, Orangeburg County School District Four recognized Chief Parks for his efforts with combating Gang issues through education, prevention programs within their schools.
Memberships  Chief Parks serves on the Y.M.C.A. Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Directors for Mack House Ministries. He is an active member with the South Carolina Gang Investigators Association and the South Carolina Police Chief’s Association, and the South Carolina Association of School Resource Officers.
Chief Parks looks to bring stability to the Police Chief position, while deploying first class 21st century police practices revolving around community oriented policing.  Chief Parks and his wife Monique have 2 wonderful children. He serves as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at H.K.T. High School and volunteers as a Life Coach with Orangeburg County Consolidated School District.  
Please help us welcome Chief Parks to Pine Ridge.  He will be sworn in at the town council meeting on December 10th at 6:45pm.