Local businesses refuse to sell alcohol to minors.
The TRPD would like to express public gratitude to local retailers for their efforts in reducing underage alcohol use in Travelers Rest.
As a member agency of the Greenville County Alcohol Enforcement Team, the TRPD sent an undercover operative into several retail establishments on November 4, 2015 to attempt to purchase alcohol products. To sell to this person would have been a violation of law as this person is underage.
We are very happy to report that eight out of eight businesses inspected by Officer Jennifer Stuber checked the operative's ID and refused to complete the sale of alcohol. Those businesses are CVS, BI-LO, Molinas, Walmart, Willis ABC store, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Dollar General. On the same date, four businesses refused to sell tobacco to a separate undercover minor. Those businesses were BI-LO, Spinx, Willis #2, and Murphy USA.
Please congratulate these businesses in their diligence in ensuring that our youth do not have easy access to alcohol and/or tobacco in Travelers Rest.
TRPD wins Agency of the Year award for alcohol enforcement/education.
At the 10th Annual DUI Enforcement Recognition and 2014 Law Enforcement DUI Challenge Ceremonies held on April 8, 2015, the SC Department of Public Safety recognized law enforcement officers and agencies for their efforts to enforce DUI laws and to remove impaired drivers from South Carolina roadways. Awards were presented to officers and agencies in several categories and the agencies were entered into drawings to win prizes.
Individual officers were also presented with "DUI Hero" awards:
The "DUI (Silver) Hero" award for 25-49 DUI arrests: Officer Jeremy Jones.
The "DUI (Bronze) Hero" award for 10-25 DUI arrests: Officers Matthew Nodine and (former TRPD) Officer Jacob Earls.
Although our DUI enforcement is a comprehensive effort with contributions from many of the officers and our civilian support staff, Officers Jones and Nodine deserve special recognition for their relentless focus on making the Travelers Rest community a safer place for everyone. Please join us in congratulating them!
The TRPD was also recognized as one of only two agencies in the 13th Judicial Circuit that fully complied with the requirements of the 2014 Law Enforcement DUI Challenge.