Major Todd A. Johnson of the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office was named as the top Officer of the Year at the County law enforcement level. Johnson started his law enforcement career in his hometown of Whitmire after graduation from High School. At age 21, he became a full-time police officer. In his five years working as a Whitmire Police Officer, he worked his way up to Captain, as the 2nd ranking officer at Whitmire. He joined the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a deputy and worked his way through the ranks, being named Major in 2002. He supervises all special operations and has been an integral part of every major investigation of the office since 1994. He cleared several church burglaries which plagued several counties and was also involved in clearing numerous burglaries using forensic fingerprinting.
Major Johnson and his wife Kerry have three children. He is also a bi-vocational pastor at Whitmire church.
Winning the South Carolina law enforcement 2012 award at the City level was Chief Randall G. Scott of the Columbia Police Department. Special FBI Agent Ronald Grosse was honored from the federal level of law enforcement officers in the state for this year, while the State Level award was presented to Colonel Michael R. Oliver of the State Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol Division.
The Strom Thurmond Awards for Excellence in Law Enforcement were established by Senator Strom Thurmond in 1983 to recognize law enforcement officers whose performances demonstrate the highest ideals of excellence in professional law enforcement.