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Charleston City Police sweep awards

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Pictured left to right are: Matthew J. Newcomb, J.P. Strom Award Winner/Director’s Physical Fitness Award, Chief Gregory Mullen, Sean M. Harkins, Class Leader Award and Ryan M. Jones, Clifford A. Moyer Marksmanship Award. Pictured left to right are: Matthew J. Newcomb, J.P. Strom Award Winner/Director’s Physical Fitness Award, Chief Gregory Mullen, Sean M. Harkins, Class Leader Award and Ryan M. Jones, Clifford A. Moyer Marksmanship Award.

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Charleston City police prove they are best in their class.

The department made history Friday at a graduation ceremony at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.  That's because city officers won every award presented at the ceremony.

Never has one agency taken every award for an Academy graduation.

Matthew J. Newcomb was presented with the J.P. Strom Award. The J.P. Strom Award is given to the student with the highest cumulative point total for all written tests given during the twelve week training. This award is named after the long-time Chief of S.L.E.D. (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division).

Newcomb was also presented with the Director's Physical Fitness Award. Every candidate participates in a Physical Abilities Test, which consists of nine obstacles. This must be completed in less than two minutes and seven seconds.  Also, candidates must complete running the challenge course of a three mile run in twenty-five minutes or less.

Ryan M. Jones was presented with the Clifford A. Moyer Marksmanship Award. This award is named for the First Director of the Criminal Justice Academy, and is given to the officer who obtains the highest score during the handgun training on the firing ranges.

Sean M. Harkins was selected as the class leader. Harkins displayed great leadership abilities in keeping the class together and motivating them to endure the physical and emotional demands of the required training.

City police chief Greg Mullen was on hand for the big win.

Chief Mullen gave all the credit to the fine men and women of the Charleston Police Department.  "These outstanding men and women are the beginning of the criminal justice process and we admire their dedication on this achievement," said Chief Mullen.

The class consisted of forty graduates, who for the past twelve weeks have undergone intense training covering such topics as criminal domestic violence, gangs and firearm safety.

 


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