Pictured is Detective Tim Hood (left) of the Bennettsville Police Department, accepting the Officer of the Year award from Police Chief Larry McNeil and Mayor Dexe Bostick. The recognition came during a National Law Enforcement Week program held Wednesday at the Bennettsville Community Center.
Bennettsville Police Dept. observes National Law Enforcement Week
Being a police officer is often a thankless job, but on Wednesday, May 14, it was not. That was the day the city of Bennettsville honored its police department with a program at the Community Center.
The occasion was National Law Enforcement Week. Police officers were joined by local elected officials, representatives of other agencies, and interested community members for the program, which included recognitions of officers and a proclamation presented by Mayor Dexe Bostick.
Guest speaker was Cheraw Police Chief W. Keith Thomas. Thomas is a native of Wallace who began his law enforcement career with the McColl Police Department in 1989.
Bennettsville Police Chief Larry McNeil recognized the following officers for their years of service: Robert Miller, Shaun Lucas, Kim Peterson, Terry Freeman and William Hall.
He recognized Lt. Jimmy Horton and Sgt. Jessie Rogers for the promotions they received in the past year and thanked his captain, Greg Williams, for his leadership.
A highlight was the presentation of the Officer of the Year award to Detective Tim Hood. McNeil said that, although Hood is a criminal investigator, he makes just as many drug arrests, which shows his work ethic and dedication to law enforcement. "'No' is not in his vocabulary," McNeil said.
Praising the entire department, the chief said choosing one person to receive the Officer of the Year award was difficult because "it's hard to choose one good person when they're all good."
Speaking on behalf of the city, City Administrator Max Alderman thanked the officers for their service. He noted the low turnover rate in the department, which he said indicates the officers' dedication to their jobs. "We have one of the best law enforcement agencies in the state," he said.