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Officer Ryan Marro graduates Police Academey with honors.
On Friday, June 17, 206 Travelers Rest Police Department Officer Ryan Marro graduated with Basic Law Class 649 at the SC Criminal Justice Academy.

Officer Marro was the recipient of the prestigious J.P. Strom award for achieving the class's highest grade of 97.1% (along with passing all of his proficiency tests on the first attempt) and was the class's only distinguished graduate, a designation for those achieving a grade higher than 95%. Officer Marro also completed the optional "challenge run" near the end of his training, a three mile run that has to be completed in 25 minutes or less. It should be noted that Officer Marro achieved these distinctions while he was also serving as the class leader, an honor which gave him several extra daily responsibilities as he served as the official liaison between the Academy staff and the 55 students who ultimately graduated in his class.

Officer Marro joined the Travelers Rest Police Department on March 1, 2016. An area local, Ryan is also a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel. When he completes his TRPD field training he will be assigned to our Uniform Patrol Division.

Local businesses refuse to sell alcohol 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 March 3 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 fourteen out of fourteen businesses inspected by Officer Jennifer Stuber checked the operative's ID and refused to complete the sale of alcohol. Those businesses are Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, Dollar General, Whistle Stop, Sidewall Pizza, Copperhead Mountain Distillery, Shortfields, Swamp Rabbit Brewery, the Rest Stop, Willis #2, Spinx, Bi-Lo, and Mojo's.

Please congratulate these businesses in their diligence in ensuring that our youth do not have easy access to alcohol 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.

Officer Tice:
"...takes his job and training one that I would want to have my 'six' a great example of what a police officer is...a great reflection of the agency to the 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 a team player."

Amanda Owen:
"...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."


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