Why TRPD officers responded to a collision on Roe Ford Road.
On December 12, TRPD Officer Jeremy Jones heard a general broadcast on a Greenville County radio channel, alerting all units to a serious collision that had occurred on Roe Ford Road. Although the collision was outside of our jurisdiction, Officer Jones responded to the scene to see if he could lend assistance. Officer Jones was the first to discover two deceased occupants in the vehicle and was able to speak with the only witness on the scene about the events leading up to the collision. He was also able to use his patrol car's lights to prevent other vehicles from adding to the collision as they passed through the scene. As soon as feasible after the appropriate responding agency arrived, Officer Jones reported back to the city limits of Travelers Rest to resume his patrol duties there.
We acknowledge that people could have concerns or questions about why TRPD officers would respond to a collision that is close to us, yet outside of our jurisdictional borders.
One such concern can be heard here in a recording of a call our dispatcher received at the time Officer Jones and another TRPD officer were assisting at the fatal collision. Incidentally, at the time our officers were assisting on the collision scene there were four other on-duty officers within the city limits who could have responded to any needs within our jurisdiction at that time.
We suspect that our response to this collision more than likely makes sense to the majority of our community members, but we wanted to mention it in case others share the sentiments of the caller in the above link.
We urge anyone who has concerns about this (or any other) matter involving the Police Department to call or come by the office to speak with Chief Crowe or Captain Gardner. We welcome your input.
TRPD names employees of the year for 2014.
At the City's Christmas party, the TRPD presented its annual "officer/civilian team member of the year" awards to Corporal Mason Johnson and Communications Specialist James Paris, respectively. Since 2006, the police department members have nominated their fellow employees for these prestigious awards, and the winners' plaques are displayed in the lobby of City Hall for the following year.
Please join us in congratulating the winners of these well-deserved awards as you read a few of the comments submitted by their co-workers.
"...one of the most honest and dependable officers I have met in my career...[showed] courage in the unfortunate vehicle accident that he had to face this year...has proven to be calm and collected under pressure...[shows] true compassion for people...full of answers...a man that's willing to learn...he's diligent and hardworking...He knows how to correct you without making you feel like a failure...He's loyal and dedicated to his job and friends...honest...He's a great choice to turn to if you need advice on life or on the job...he'll never lead you wrong...continues to try and better his abilities in the area of his Corporal position...very much a team player and willing to help out whenever he can...His rescue of the victim in the traffic accident on his shift shows his character and willingness to go above and beyond for the department and the community that he serves...keeps a level head when things get hectic...He’s steady, reliable, and knows what he’s doing. Not afraid to get his hands dirty...He's a great man."
"...goes above and beyond in dispatch duties...Searches and comes up with solutions to challenges in Dispatch...friendly to all peers as well as customers...always giving suggestions as to new ideas for the betterment of the department...always here and has never called in sick...comes in when we are shorthanded...Never says no...does whatever is asked of him without complaining...very intelligent and helpful to investigations for officers...James’ ability to diagnose and remedy problems with equipment is also a huge asset...willing to help officers get the information they need in a timely manner...very courteous and willing to go the extra mile to help anyone in need, civilian or law enforcement...has done several things recently that was not even dispatch related such as..finding several possible suspects for me..None of these were required for him to do but things that he did on top of his regular duties to help both the officers and the department...goes out of his way to help...He is friendly to all and has a very humble attitude...calm and level headed...a problem solver with any challenge that is presented to him."
The City of Travelers Rest honors two officers for bravery.
At the August 21st City Council meeting, Mayor Wayne McCall and Chief of Police Lance Crowe presented medals of valor to Corporal Mason Johnson and Officer Matthew Nodine for their bravery in rescuing a man from a burning car that had just been involved in a head-on collision. The entire commendation presented by Chief Crowe can be read here: Presentation of Medal of Valor to Corporal Johnson and Officer Nodine.
TRPD Officers Jones and Nodine recognized for DUI enforcement.
On April 2, 2014 law enforcement agencies from across South Carolina were recognized by the SC Department of Public Safety Office of Highway Safety for our efforts to reduce impaired driving in 2013 in the 9th annual DUI Enforcement Recognition Ceremony. Awards were presented in several categories and the following three were presented to the TRPD, which had a total of 77 DUI arrests in 2013:
"DUI Silver Hero" award for 25-49 or more DUI arrests: Officer Jeremy Jones
"DUI Bronze Hero" award for 10-24 DUI arrests: Officer Matt Nodine
The TRPD as a whole was also awarded a Watch Guard digital in-car video camera for our entire agency's impaired driving enforcement efforts this past year.
Please join with us in congratulating these officers and everyone here at the TRPD who contributed to keeping our community safe from impaired drivers for another year.