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KCSO earns sixth consecutive DUI enforcement award

Posted: April 13, 2017 5:04 p.m.
Updated: April 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Showing off the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office’s (KCSO) sixth consecutive DUI enforcement Agency of the Year award for departments of its size are (from left, kneeling) deputies Brad Gerrald, Mark Bass, (back row) Jerry Barnwell and Jarrett Greenway; Lt. Scott Myers; Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews; and Sgt. Tom Hathaway.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) received its sixth consecutive Agency of the Year award for departments with 51-100 officers “excelling in the area of DUI arrests, DUI victim services and underage drinking programs.” The KCSO received the award Tuesday from the S.C. Department of Public Safety and the Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs during a ceremony in Columbia.

According to a KCSO press release, no other law enforcement agency in South Carolina has earned such an award for six consecutive years.

In addition, KCSO Deputy Jarrett Greenway was named Officer of the Year (for agencies employing 51-100 officers) for the second consecutive year, for his noteworthy efforts in the area of DUI arrests, DUI victim’s services, underage drinking programs and work ethic. Also, Greenway, Sgt. Tom Hathaway and Lt. Scott Myers received the highest awards for making in excess of 50 DUI arrests each during 2016.

“Receiving these awards, collectively and individually, is a great reflection on the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and Kershaw County as a whole. Receiving it six years in a row is unprecedented and should make our county very proud,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in the press release. “If our citizens were aware of what transpires on our roads after dark, they would have a much greater appreciation for what these deputies do to prevent drunk driving tragedies.”

The KCSO Traffic Unit is just one of several divisions within the sheriff’s office that focus its efforts on keeping the public safe, Matthews said. Since more people lose their lives and are seriously injured in traffic collisions than are killed or injured in all other crimes combined, the traffic unit plays a very important role in the overall public safety picture, he said.

Since its inception in late 2011, the KCSO Traffic Unit has taken just over 1,000 drunk or otherwise impaired drivers off Kershaw County roads, according to the sheriff. The unit patrols all Kershaw County roads including I-20 with more than 90 percent of its DUI arrests being made on secondary roads. The traffic unit is frequently called upon to back up the uniformed patrol division and has made numerous felony arrests, apprehended fugitives and seized narcotics and illegal weapons.


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