Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green announced this week that he had four of his officers receive their Traffic Safety Instructor certification this week. The course, taught by instructors at the SC Criminal Justice Academy, allows these well-versed officers to pass their personal and professional knowledge on to other officers who work in the area of traffic safety.
Corporal Nick Thompson, PFC. Earl Alewine, PFC. Shawn Ludwig and PFC. Brian Payton were all presented with their Traffic Safety Instructor pins during a ceremony at the South Carolina Traffic Safety Officer Conference Wednesday. These officers completed over 450 hours of training and were already well versed in collision reconstruction investigations. The four men are an integral part of the Lexington Police Department’s team that is tasked with investigating crashes.
Departmental instructors are key to keeping law enforcement officers well-trained and current on all certifications and continuing education requirements. Although well-staffed and equipped, the SC Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia is not large enough be keep all new officers trained and experienced officers up to date on their training without local assistance. SCCJA instructors in their home or neighboring departments provide a large portion of the training hours officers across South Carolina receive each year. The men and women on the front lines of law enforcement hone their skills daily and these instructors are paramount to ensuring each officer is able to do his job safely and efficiently.