Laurens County Officer of the Year

The annual presentation of Laurens County’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year was part of Law Enforcement Day celebrated yesterday in the Laurens County Higher Education Center. Winner of the award this year was Officer J.C. Brewington of the Laurens City Police Department. The presentation was made by Micky Coats of the Sheriff’s Office, who received the award last year.

Brewington was nominated for Officer of the Year by Laurens Police Chief Sonny Ledda. Other nominees for this year’s Officer of the Year were Chris Wilkes, nominated by Clinton Department of Public Safety Director Robin Morse and Thomas Boyd, nominated by Sheriff Don Reynolds..

Guest Speaker for this year’s Law Enforcement Day was Jackie Swindler, Director of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. He spoke of the humanitarian aspect of law enforcement and how officers can bond with the public. Director Swindler noted the all-too-often unfavorable press law officers receive while doing their duty and the lack of favorable press for officers performing duties above and beyond what is expected. He told those gathered yesterday that he does not want this media criticism to cause officers to hesitate before doing what they are appointed, out of fear of negative repercussions. He noted, “The negative press reports are almost always caused by a lawful command that was refused by a subject.

Others participating in yesterday’s Laurens County Law Enforcement Day included the Clinton High Jr ROTC, presenting the colors with the National Anthem sung by Merial Roberts of Laurens’ Welcome Baptist Church.

Marshall Davidson, of Clinton’s Westminster Presbyterian Church, played the bagpipes in honor of deaths noted in the Memorial of Line of Duty.