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Former sheriff’s son-in-law receives SCLEOA award

Posted: January 28, 2014 9:44 a.m.
Updated: January 29, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The son-in-law of a former Kershaw County sheriff recently received an award from the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers’ Association (SCLEOA).

Newberry Police Chief Jackie Swindler received an inaugural award named for him, the Jackie Swindler Award for Ethics and Excellence in Law Enforcement. Swindler is married to the former Sherry Horton, the daughter of former Kershaw County Sheriff Jerry Horton and his wife, Colleen.

Swindler received the award during the SCLEOA’ annual Past President’s luncheon on Jan. 23.

The luncheon brought together law enforcement officials from across South Carolina to honor past SCLEOA presidents for their years of service to their communities and law enforcement.

The SCLEOA is the largest law enforcement association, supporting, training, mentoring and enhancing officers’ lives, their families and the profession.

SCLEOA Past President Sheriff Leon Lott presented Swindler with the award.

The SCLEOA created the Jackie Swindler award in December for the purpose of having past SCLEOA presidents recognize those in the law enforcement community who exemplify the highest standards of ethics, integrity and professionalism -- those who, throughout their career represent the SCLEOA’s highest ideas of upholding the highest standards of integrity and excellence.

The SCLEOA decided to formally name the award after Swindler because, according to a press release, during his 38 years of service, Swindler has consistently educated, mentored and promoted ethics, integrity and excellence in law enforcement.

"Chief Swindler is man who practices what he preaches and emulates everything every police officer should strive to be," SCLEOA officials said in the release.

"He has promoted the ideals of the SCLEOA, making sure that the association is viable for years to come as the voice of law enforcement and an associated created to protect the protectors."

SCLEOA officials said the award will be a symbol for years to come of what every law enforcement professional has sworn to do in service to their community.

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