Charleston-area officers recognized for academic excellence

State Criminal Justice Academy Deputy Director Mike Lanier (left), North Charleston Officer Christopher Holloway and North Charleston Deputy Chief Scott Deckard pictured Friday during a law enforcement graduation ceremony in Columbia. Holloway received the J.P. Strom Award for achieving the highest academic average in his class.

Charleston-area officers were awarded Friday for academic excellence while attending basic law enforcement training in Columbia.

The J.P. Strom Award is presented to the member of the graduating class who achieved the highest academic average while completing a number of performance tests over a nine-week training period, authorities said. Christopher Holloway, with the North Charleston Police Department, and Daniel Malone, with the Charleston Police Department, were both awarded for achieving academic averages of 96.47, according to state Criminal Justice Academy spokeswoman Florence McCants.

Malone also received the Clifford Moyer Marksmanship Award for receiving the highest score in firing range tests, McCants said. Davian McKnight, a second Charleston officer, received the class leader award.

The awards were received Friday during a graduation ceremony in Columbia.

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