Mount Pleasant, SC Makes Most DUI Arrests in South Carolina

The Mt. Pleasant, SC Police Department has received state recognition for its high number of DUI arrests in 2011.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety recognized law enforcement officers and agencies in April for their efforts in enforcing the state’s DUI laws and removing impaired drivers from South Carolina roadways. Mount Pleasant led South Carolina in DUI arrests last year with 411.

SCDPS presented awards to officers and agencies in several categories and held drawings for agencies to win equipment and vehicles during a ceremony that combined its 7th Annual DUI Enforcement and 2011 Law Enforcement DUI Challenge in Columbia. Included was the "Agency of the Year" Award, which was awarded as follows:

Agency of the Year (five categories based on size of agency):
1-10 officers: Bonneau Police Department, 33 DUI arrests
11-25 officers: Surfside Beach Police Department, 131 DUI arrests
26-50 officers: Clemson University Police Department, 66 DUI arrests
51-100 officers: Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office, 69 DUI arrests
101 or more officers: Mount Pleasant Police Department, 411 DUI arrests

Additionally, individual police officers were given "DUI Hero" awards for their high number of DUI arrests. It should be noted that the awards are given based on the number of DUI arrests, not convictions, that are attributed to an officer. An officer's conviction rate appears to have no bearing on whether he or she receives an award.  These Mt. Pleasant police officers received awards:

BRONZE (10 to 24 DUI arrests)
Officer Kirill Misyuchenko
Officer Jacqui Pastick
Officer Ben Wells
Officer Mark Lamb
Officer William Decker
Officer Jason Brandon

GOLD (50 or more DUI arrests)
Officer A. J. Santos
Officer Joseph Zeitner

According to the Town of Mount Pleasant Police Department's website, Mt. Pleasant employs 149 sworn police officers.

Source: "SCDPS Honors Counties that Help Enforce DUI Laws"

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