COLUMBIA – The SC Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) recognized law enforcement officers and agencies Wednesday, April 6, for their efforts in 2015 to enforce the state’s DUI laws and remove impaired drivers from South Carolina
SCDPS presented awards to officers and agencies in several categories and held drawings for agencies to win prizes including a vehicle during the 11th Annual DUI Enforcement Recognition and 2015 Law Enforcement DUI Challenge Ceremonies.
The following is a complete list of winners:
Officer of the Year (five categories based on size of agency):
- 1-10 officers:Officer James David Green, (No Picture) Wellford Police Department, 64 DUI arrests
- 11-25 officers: Patrolman First Class Brandon Deweese, (No Picture) Hardeeville Police Department, 49 DUI arrests
- 26-50 officers: Sergeant Brian Mullinax, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, 54 DUI arrests
- 51-100 officers: Deputy Jarrett Greenway, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office, 64 DUI arrests
- 101 or more officers: Patrolman First Class Michael Intini, North Charleston Police Department, 120 DUI arrests
Rookie of the Year:
- Officer Michael Clark,(No Picture) Conway Police Department: 25 DUI arrests (started on the road in August 2015)
Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year:
- Trooper First Class J.C. Welsh., Troop 1, Post A (Clarendon and Sumter counties), 119 DUI arrests
Highway Patrol Troop of the Year:
- Troop 5 (Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg counties), 2,998 DUI arrests
State Transport Police District of the Year:
- Region 3 (Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg counties)
South Carolina Law Enforcement Network Award:
- 11th Circuit Law Enforcement Network (Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick and Saluda counties)
Agency of the Year (five categories based on size of agency):
- 1-10 officers: Bonneau Police Department, 76 DUI arrests
- 11-25 officers: None
- 26-50 officers: Lexington Police Department, 140 DUI arrests
- 51-100 officers: Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office 246 DUI arrests
- 101 or more officers: Myrtle Beach Police Department, , 501 DUI arrests
Several agencies qualified to draw for one of 30 digital in-car video systems or a fully equipped police vehicle to use in DUI enforcement efforts. Those drawings took place live at the ceremony. The winners were:
Digital In-Car Video Systems:
- York County Sheriff’s Office
- Santee Police Dept.
- Greenville Police Dept.
- Travelers Rest
- Aiken County Sheriff’s Office
- N. Augusta Dept. of Public Safety
- Fort Lawn Police Dept.
- Lancaster Police Dept.
- Lancaster County Police Dept.
- Horry County Police Dept.
- Conway Police Dept.
- Myrtle Beach Police Dept.
- Batesburg-Leesville Police Dept.
- Cayce Dept. of Public Safety
- Lexington County Sheriff’s Dept.
- Lexington Police Dept.
- Camden Police Dept.
- Columbia Police Dept.
- Forest Acres Police Dept.
- Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office
- Richland County Sheriff’s Office
- Charleston County Sheriff’s Office
- Charleston Police Dept.
- Folly Beach Police Dept.
- Mt. Pleasant Police Dept.
- North Charleston Police Dept.
- Florence County Sheriff’s Office
- Florence Police Dept.
- Lake City Police Dept.
- Marion Police Dept.
In addition, nominated officers were recognized as DUI Heroes and will receive pins in bronze, silver or gold to honor their DUI arrest accomplishments in 2015. (Pins will be sent to officers at their agencies.) See attached for the list of qualifying officers.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety includes the Highway Patrol, State Transport Police, Bureau of Protective Services, Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs, Immigration Enforcement Unit and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame. Our mission is to ensure public safety by protecting and serving the people of South Carolina and its visitors.