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.
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 tobacco 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 March 10, 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 all fourteen businesses inspected by Officer Jennifer Stuber checked the operative's ID and refused to complete the sale. Those businesses are Walmart, BI-LO, Spinx, Willis #2, Rite Aid, the Whistle Stop, Blue Ridge Bar, CVS, Walgreens, Molinas, the Rest Stop, Shortfields, Swamp Rabbit Brewery, and Pizza House. Please congratulate these businesses in their diligence in ensuring that our youth do not have easy access to alcohol in Travelers Rest.
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."