Trooper recognized for ‘exceptional’ work in Cherokee Co.

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CHEROKEE Co., S.C. (WSPA) — A trooper with the S.C. Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officers were recognized for their service. 

The 18th annual Cherokee County Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner was held Tuesday.

During the dinner, Trooper Jeffrey Babb-Wright received the  2018 Solicitor’s Award for Cherokee County Law Enforcement Excellence.

“Trooper Babb-Wright is an exceptional worker. He consistently strives to make our state a safer place to live and work,” Seventh Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette said in a statement. 

Babb-Wright leads the agency in arrests of drunk drivers and crash investigations, according to the solicitor’s office.

They say Babb-Wright has recorded 2,662 public contacts, issued 1,555 citations, issued 1,298 warnings, made 42 DUI arrests, made 20 drug arrests and investigated 124 collisions in the past year. He’s also helped about 70 drivers during that time. 

“Babb-Wright was also a key part of a team of Blacksburg police officers and sheriff’s deputies who chased and arrested a man wanted for a home invasion in Cherokee County. The trooper’s recent work includes the arrest of a person on multiple drug charges who attempted to flee a traffic safety checkpoint,” according to the solicitor’s office.

The trooper received a $200 gift card from Lowe’s and the use of a BMW for a weekend in his prize package.

Gaffney Police Ofc. Brian Blanton and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Dorsett were also recognized. 

“I truly appreciate everyone’s willingness to support such a worthy cause,” Barnette said. “Police officers and their families richly deserve a night of rest and relaxation for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe.”

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