The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit Division operates a Hughes 500 OH-6a helicopter. The helicopter is equipped with infrared sensing devise and search light. The Aviation Division is utilized primarily to alleviate and control crime in Spartanburg County. The aircraft is used to to aid in the apprehension and surveillance of criminal suspects, and assists the Patrol and Investigative Divisions and is also utilized in certain Search and Rescue missions. The Aviation Unit will also assist other law enforcement agencies.
The training unit at the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to providing professional training for our officers to maintain certification standards through the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. The training unit is also dedicated to assisting officers to find professional training from outside venders to provide each officer with elective training in any number of job related, career development areas.
Traffic Enforcement Division
The mission of the Traffic Enforcement Unit is to enforce traffic laws, detect and arrest individuals involved in Criminal activity along county roads, secondary roads, primary roads and interstate highways. To detect and arrest alcohol and drug impaired drivers, investigate traffic accidents and handle traffic complaints in Spartanburg County. The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office Traffic Enforcement Unit has been recognized on the state and national level for their dedicated service to keeping the roads of Spartanburg County safe. The unit has been named the State DUI Agency of the year for: 2005, 2006 and 2007. The Unit has also been named the National DUI Agency of the Year by M.A.D.D. in 2007. For information on the County Wrecker Ordinance and County Wrecker Rotation click here.
School Resource Officer Division
The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer Division is one of the largest in the state of South Carolina with 33 Deputies. The division services a total 7 School Districts, and the South Carolina School for the Deaf & Blind. There is an officer assigned to every High School in Spartanburg County and a majority of the Middle Schools.
The School Resource Officer program (SRO) is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. The officer, while in school, is involved in a variety of functions aimed at prevention. Besides being an active high profile law enforcement officer, the SRO is a resource for students, parents, teachers and administration regarding law issues. Another duty for the SRO is being a link to other service agencies which provide preventive and counseling services within the school district. Working hand in hand with the Principal in each school, the SRO assists with finding solutions to problems affecting school age children of the 90s.
The SRO program is a proactive approach to deal with the pressures today's young people find themselves having to confront. This includes the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, along with peer pressure, gang activity, and sex. These situations are not only in the schools, but in the community as well.