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KCSO receives national awards

Posted: May 11, 2017 3:09 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2017 1:00 a.m.

On the heels of earning its sixth consecutive DUI Enforcement Agency of the Year Award for departments with 51-100 officers, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) recently received the Traffic Unit Team of the Year for DUI Enforcement from the National Criminal Enforcement Association (NCEA)

The NCEA handed out the award during a May 1 banquet in Philadelphia, Pa. In addition, as he did on the state level, KCSO Deputy Jarrett Greenway was named as Officer of the Year for DUI Enforcement.

“It is quite an honor for our traffic unit to receive this very prestigious award at the national level,” Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a press release. “It goes right along with the state awards the Traffic Unit has received over the past six consecutive years. We take DUI enforcement very seriously -- as we should, since drunk driving kills so many people and terribly impacts so many families.”

The NCEA is made up of more than 7,000 members from 40 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces representing federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies. Awards are given for DUI enforcement, drug interdiction, fugitive arrests and weapons seizures.

In 2016, the KCSO traffic unit -- consisting of six deputies -- made 189 DUI arrests in Kershaw County, 94 of which were made by Deputy Greenway. Since its creation, the KCSO Traffic Unit has made more than 1,000 DUI arrests. In addition to traffic and DUI enforcement, the KCSO Traffic Unit is frequently involved in fugitive arrests, drug and weapons seizures. On a regular basis, the traffic unit backs up the Uniform Patrol Division on the more dangerous calls where additional manpower is warranted.

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