Chief Scott named City Officer of the Year | Community Spirit
Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott received the 2012 City Officer of the Year Award during the annual Strom Thurmond Awards for Excellence in Law Enforcement luncheon.
“This award goes to all of the hard-working men and women of the Columbia Police Department who have accepted the task of improving the quality of life for Columbia citizens,” said Chief Scott. “The accomplishments that have been made during my tenure are the direct result of officers who truly care about their law enforcement career, and cooperation between agencies. I am extremely grateful for this honor and share it with the Columbia Police Department.”
The ceremony was hosted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Friday afternoon at Fort Jackson’s Officers Club in Columbia.
“Chief Scott has built a first-class law enforcement agency for the people of this city,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “Under his leadership, the Columbia Police Department is smarter, stronger, friendlier and more effective than ever before. This award underlines that fact and I couldn’t be more proud.”
Chief Scott is an award recipient due to the extensive list of accomplishments including his philosophy for the CPD which centers around three key goals:
Community Partnerships: open lines of communication with neighborhoods and businesses, establish long-term, cooperative, police-business partnerships, and assist Officers in establishing a professional partnership with businesses within the Regions they patrol.
Customer Service Ethic: Lead the department and community personally and professionally, execute duties with a sense of urgency, act with integrity and respect for all citizens, demonstrate compassionate customer service, exhibit accountability for actions, respect the law officers are sworn to uphold.
Crime Fighting: Aggressive and pro-active law enforcement, focusing on crime “hotspots” and prolific offenders.
Chief Scott’s notable accomplishments include:
Improving morale and stability at the CPD, retaining police officers, developing a diverse Command Staff made up of an Assistant Chief and two Deputy Chief positions, reassigned staff and departmental components to support a well-organized and efficient command structure, reestablishing an internal Public Information Officer to work positively with public and media partners, increased officer and departmental accountability with the creation of a Professional Standards Division, improving statistical and criminal accountability by hiring a new Criminal Intelligence Analyst, forming a Warrant Team, Drug Suppression Team (DST), Pro-Active Community Enforcement Team (PACE), Assisting Columbia’s Elderly Team (ACE), centralizing the K-9 Unit, establishing an East Region, increasing cooperation with local, state and federal law enforcement partners and task forces, increasing recruiting efforts, utilizing State Constables to supplement police officer positions, implementing physical agility testing for sworn police officers, creating the department’s first spouse’s association, revitalizing the citizens police academy, creating of police-business partnerships, increasing the department’s involvement in charitable organizations, and introducing social-networking philosophy.