Officer Ben Levi graduates from the SC Criminal Justice Academy.

On Friday, July 15, 2016 Travelers Rest Police Department Officer Ben Levi graduated with Basic Law Class 650 of the SC Criminal Justice Academy.

Officer Levi came to the TRPD in March of 2016 from North Greenville University where he was a campus security officer. Officer Levi has been assigned to our Uniform Patrol Division and has started his eight-week field training regimen under the structured guidance of veteran officers.

Local businesses refuse to sell alcohol to minors.

We would like to express public gratitude to several local retailers for their efforts in reducing underage drinking in Travelers Rest. As a member agency of the Greenville County Alcohol Enforcement Team, Officer Jennifer Stuber sent an undercover operative into several retail establishments on July 1, 2016 to attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages. To sell to this person would have been a violation of law as this person is underage. We are happy to report that fourteen businesses out of fifteen checked the operative’s ID and refused to complete the sale.

These businesses are Willis' ABC Store, Bi-Lo, Molinas, Shortfields, Swamp Rabbit Brewery, and the Blue Ridge Bar and Grill.

On the same date, another confidential informant attempted to purchase tobacco products and was denied by clerks at Rite Aid, Murphy USA, Walmart, Walgreens, Dollar General, the Rest Stop, W.E. Willis #2, and Spinx.

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.