Charleston Police Department lauded as state’s ‘premier agency’

The Charleston Police Department was lauded this week as “the premier agency in the state,” officials said Friday.

It accepted the Santee Cooper Excellence in Law Enforcement Award on Tuesday during the S.C. Criminal Justice Training Conference in Myrtle Beach.

A committee picked the department from all the state, county and city agencies that were eligible, police department spokesman Charles Francis said.

The honor is meant to recognize overall activities and achievement rather than individual accolades, he said. Those qualifications include effort, innovative service to the community, efficiency and results, Francis added.

Police Chief Greg Mullen said the award represents the daily hard work of his police force.

“It recognizes all our efforts to build a positive partnership between the police department and the community while taking steps to continually improve and advance,” he said in a statement. “None of our achievements would have been possible without that dedication, and I am honored to be part of this team.”

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