Local businesses refuse to sell alcohol and tobacco to minors.
The TRPD would like to express public gratitude to local retailers for their efforts in reducing underage alcohol use in Travelers Rest.
As a member agency of the Greenville County Alcohol Enforcement Team, the TRPD sent an undercover operative into several retail establishments on January 5 to attempt to purchase alcohol products. To sell to this person would have been a violation of law as this person is underage.
We are very happy to report that seven out of seven businesses inspected by Officer Jennifer Stuber checked the operative's ID and refused to complete the sale of alcohol. Those businesses are Walmart, CVS, Copperhead Mountain Distillery, Willis ABC Store, BI-LO, Pizza House, and Mojo's.
On the same date, nine businesses out of nine checked refused to sell tobacco to a separate undercover minor. Those businesses were Rite Aid, Walmart, Murphy USA, Walgreens, Dollar General, Rest Stop, Willis #2, Spinx, and Bi-Lo.
Please congratulate these businesses in their diligence in ensuring that our youth do not have easy access to alcohol and/or tobacco in Travelers Rest.
TRPD names employees of the year for 2015.
At the city's Christmas party, the TRPD presented its annual "officer/civilian team member of the year" awards to Officer Ben Tice and Communications Coordinator Amanda Owen, respectively. Since 2006, the police department members have nominated their fellow employees for these prestigious awards, and the winners' plaques are displayed in the lobby of City Hall for the following year. Please join us in congratulating the winners of these well-deserved awards as you read a few of the comments submitted by their co-workers.
"...takes his job and training seriously...is one that I would want to have my 'six'...is a great example of what a police officer is...a great reflection of the agency to the community...is hard-working and goes above and beyond what he is called to do...Ben has worked hard to keep the drug problem in Travelers Rest down...always working hard...has a knack of getting guns off of the street...displays the willingness to help out...is a team player."
"...always eager to help out with whatever an officer needs...she welcomes the tasks and challenges that are given to her...a great asset to this department...always prepared [and] cheerful...has been a great blessing to me...has pushed me to do more by asking if she could contact this agency or that to pick up wanted suspects...maintains the attitude of whatever is most helpful for other members of the team...phenomenal at her job…dependable and fun to be around...goes above and beyond her normal daily duties to help anyone in need...finds ways to improve at her job (even though she's already great at it)...really cares about the Travelers Rest Police Department...Amanda's willingness to obtain as much information as possible for officers' use on the road is outstanding...the amount of information and the timeliness of calls put into officers' MDTs (mobile data terminals) is a huge help in responding to calls for service...pleasant and easy to get along with...maintains a high level of performance...has not only brought her positive attitude to the TRPD, but her experience and work ethic keep us safe."