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Sgt. Richardson recognized as Solicitor?s Award finalist

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sgt. Chad Richardson was recognized as a finalist for the 2011 Solicitor’s Award for Spartanburg County Law Enforcement Excellence.

Spartanburg Public Safety Department investigator John Burgess won this year’s award. All candidates were honored the law enforcement appreciation dinner Tuesday night in Spartanburg.

The other finalists were Dana Reaves of the Sheriff’s Office, Josh Seibel of the Highway Patrol, Daniel Mathis of the Duncan Police Department and Keith Soules of the Spartanburg Public Safety Department.

Burgess was cited for his handling identity fraud cases, financial fraud cases and his willingness to help his peers. The veteran investigator has participated in successful multi-agency investigations with SLED, the US Postal Inspector and the US Secret Service in recent years.

Greer Police Chief Dan Reynolds nominated Richardson for the award. Richardson leads the department’s Community Outreach Team and is the pivotal officer for the department’s interaction with the community.

Reynolds, in his letter of recommendation, wrote: “(Richardson) is out in the community nights and weekends helping neighborhoods establish Watch Groups; attending community meetings; and representing the department in special events. He works closely with the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses providing information on Environment Design and crime reduction in businesses.”

Richardson was also praised by Reynolds for” working with owners of rental houses, assisting them with identifying renters that are creating problems in neighborhoods and working with the owners to improve their rental for the betterment of the entire community.”

Reynolds said an important element is citizens contacting (Richardson) with tops on persons committing crimes in their neighborhoods.

Richardson is also a member of the department’s Emergency Response Team and assists in Cops for Tops program.

Richardson is working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Dr. Nancy Henderson of the Children’s Advocacy Center received the Bill Barnet Service Above Self Award. She was recognized for her efforts to help child victims of sexual abuse.

A committee of police officers from city, county and state agencies nominated and named the Spartanburg winner. 

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