The S.C. Department of Public Safety announced on Wednesday law enforcement officers and agencies for their efforts in 2017 to enforce the state’s DUI laws and remove impaired drivers from the Palmetto State’s roadways.
SCDPS presented awards to officers and agencies in several categories during the 2017 DUI Enforcement Recognition and 2017 Law Enforcement DUI Challenge Ceremonies.
A complete list of winners includes:
Officer of the Year (five categories based on size of agency): 1-10 officers, Cpl. Thomas Huffman, with 10 DUI arrests, Loris Police Department; 11-25 officers, Patrolman First Class Stephen M. Domino II, 27 DUI arrests, Port Royal Police Department; 26-50 officers, Cpl. Carl Olson, 29 DUI arrests, Camden Police Department; 51-100 officers, Patrolman First Class Nick Thompson, 56 DUI arrests, Lexington Police Department and 101 or more officers, Patrolman First Class Michael Intini, 118 DUI arrests, North Charleston Police Department.
Rookie of the Year: Patrolman Austyn Jeffcoat, 23 DUI arrests, University of South Carolina Police Department. Jeffcoat completed field training in June 2017.
Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year: Trooper First Class J.C. Welsh, 91 DUI arrests, Troop One, Post A
Highway Patrol Troop of the Year: Troop Five (Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg counties) with 2,816 DUI arrests
State Transport Police District of the Year: Region Two (Abbeville, Laurens, Newberry, Saluda, Edgefield, Greenwood and McCormick counties)
South Carolina Law Enforcement Network Award: Ninth Circuit Law Enforcement Network (Charleston and Berkeley counties)
Agency of the Year (five categories based on size of agency): 1-10 officers, Bishopville Police Department, 10 DUI arrests; 11-25 officers, Port Royal Police Department, 113 DUI arrests; 26-50 officers, Camden Police Department, 90 DUI arrests; 51-100 officers, Lexington Police Department, 200 DUI arrests and 101 or more officers, Myrtle Beach Police Department, 364 DUI arrests
2017 Law Enforcement DUI Challenge Network Winners: First Place: 15th Circuit Law Enforcement Network, Second Place 4th Circuit Law Enforcement Network and Third Place 16th Circuit Law Enforcement Network
The following special presentations were also awarded: AAA Carolinas Pedestrian Safety Award to the 14th Circuit Law Enforcement Network, MADD Drug Recognition Expert of the Year Michael Initini of the North Charleston Police Department and MADD Barry Burnett DUI Prosecutor of the Year Jessica Mangum of the City of Columbia.