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Monday, December 19, 2011

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - The Dickerson Center for Children presented its first annual award for the Lexington County Multi-Disciplinary Team Member of the Year for 2011 to Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Detective Stephen M. Collins.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said Collins, 42, of Lexington, was recognized for working in partnership with the Dickerson Center for Children to investigate cases in which children have been physically abused, sexually abused or otherwise mistreated.

Laurie V. Caldwell, director of forensics and multi-disciplinary team coordinator for the Dickerson Center for Children, recommended that Collins receive the award, Metts said. The Dickerson Center for Children assists law enforcement in investigating child abuse cases by conducting forensic interviews with children and forensic physical examinations of children that help investigators develop sufficient probable cause to obtain arrest warrants in child abuse cases.

“Steve works effortlessly and collaboratively with the Multi-Disciplinary Team partnering agencies and consistently goes above and beyond his defined role for the welfare of an abused child,” Caldwell said. “Steve is a great person, an awesome detective and a hero among us for the protection of children.”

Collins works as a detective in the Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Unit, Metts said. The sheriff hired Collins on December 11, 2000.

“We are honored that the Dickerson Center for Children recognized Steve for his hard work and dedication in obtaining justice for children who have been physically or sexually abused,” Metts said.

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