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Employees of the Quarter


Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts on Thursday, May 8 recognized Crime Scene Investigator Keith Sprinkle, Field Training Officer Tom Fine and Deputy Jon Silcox as the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Employees of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2014. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Advisory Council selected Sprinkle, Fine and Silcox for the honor.

In addition to being recognized as Employees of the Quarter, Metts presented the Sheriff’s Department Meritorious Conduct Award to Sprinkle, Fine and Silcox during a quarterly employee awards ceremony that Metts conducted. The sheriff presented the award to Sprinkle, Fine and Silcox in recognition of the deputies’ arrests in 2013 of a combined total of 135 motorists on a charge of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In 2013, Sprinkle, Fine and Silcox served in positions that were funded, in part, by a federal highway traffic safety grant that the South Carolina Department of Public Safety awarded to the Sheriff’s Department in order to enhance the enforcement of laws that prohibit motorists from driving motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Metts said.

Metts also presented the Sheriff’s Department Special Achievement Award to Ted Lupton, an attorney whom Metts hired in 2013 to prosecute motorists whom deputies arrested on a charge of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Metts said. Deputies previously had to prosecute such cases by themselves in magistrate’s court.

In 2013, 75 percent of the motorists whom Lupton prosecuted were convicted on a charge of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Metts said. Most of the remaining motorists whom Lupton prosecuted pleaded guilty to lesser criminal charges.

“I am proud of the work that Keith, Tom, Jon and Ted did to reduce impaired driving and enhance safety on roadways,” Metts said. “The arrest and successful prosecution of more than 110 motorists who drove motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs reflect our agency’s mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County.”

On September 7, 2010, Metts appointed Sprinkle, 27, of West Columbia, to serve as a deputy. Earlier this year, Metts promoted Sprinkle to serve as an investigator in the Crime Scene Investigation Unit.

On January 4, 2011, Metts appointed Fine, 47, of Lexington, to serve as a deputy. On October 3, 2011, Metts appointed Silcox, 39, of Lexington, to serve as a deputy. On March 18, 2013, Metts hired Lupton, 46, of Lexington, to prosecute motorists whom deputies arrest on a charge of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.



 


08/08/2014 - Officer Involved Shooting Investigation  
08/07/2014 - Aviation Unit Recovers Stolen Vehicle During National Night Out  
08/04/2014 - Man Arrested for Attempted Murder and Heroin Trafficking  
07/31/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Two Deputies  
07/28/2014 - Homeland Protection Certification  
07/25/2014 - Two Men Arrested in Convenience Store Robbery  
07/24/2014 - Explorer Post Wins National Award  
07/23/2014 - Law Enforcement Re-Accreditation  
07/23/2014 - Job Fair and Open House  
07/23/2014 - Deputy Receives Distinguished Graduate Award  
07/18/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Deputies  
07/19/2014 - Detectives Charge Man with Restaurant Robbery  
07/19/2014 - Deputies Arrest Two Women and One Man for Breaking Into Home at Gunpoint  
07/16/2014 - Reserve Deputy Training  
07/12/2014 - Detention Center Enhances Visitation With Inmates  
07/11/2014 - Deputies Arrest Teen-Ager for Breaking Into Home  
07/09/2014 - More than 70 Units of Blood Donated to Red Cross  
07/08/2014 - More than 500 Eyeglasses Donated to South Carolina Lions Charitable Services  
07/06/2014 - Investigators Arrest Three Additional Persons for Illegally Operating Gaming House  
07/04/2014 - Investigators Arrest Man for Illegally Operating Gaming House  
07/04/2014 - Inspection Results in Arrests of Two Men for Selling Counterfeit Items  
07/03/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Deputies  
07/03/2014 - Book Sale  
07/03/2014 - 5th Annual Catfish Tournament  
07/03/2014 - Deputies Arrest Man for Impersonating Law Enforcement Officer and Kidnapping Women at Motel  


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