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Friday, April 27, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts on Thursday, April 26 presented the Sheriff’s Medal, which is the highest law enforcement honor that the sheriff can bestow, to retired Maj. George Brothers and retired Maj. Joseph Quig during a quarterly Lexington County Sheriff’s Department employee awards ceremony.

Brothers, 55, of Lexington, retired on November 1, 2011 from his position in the Administration Bureau. Metts hired Brothers on January 28, 1991.

During his tenure at the Sheriff’s Department, Metts presented Brothers with the agency’s Meritorious Achievement Award, Special Achievement Award and Major Tactical Award. Brothers served as a mantracker with the Bloodhound Unit in addition to his other duties. Brothers handled the agency’s police radio system and homeland security programs.

“George served our agency and the citizens of Lexington County with integrity and professionalism,” Metts said.

Quig, 64, of Lexington, retired on March 31 from his position as commander of the Detention and Judicial Services Bureau. Metts hired Quig on July 15, 1996.

Quig joined the Sheriff’s Department after serving 20 years in the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of command sergeant major, Metts said. During his tenure at the Sheriff’s Department, Quig served as a road patrol deputy, Traffic Division deputy, Major Crimes Unit investigator and commander of the South Region Patrol District.

“Joe provided a driving force for positive change at our agency,” Metts said. “His inspired leadership was directly responsible for the success of every unit and bureau in which he worked.”

“Joe was no-nonsense and inspired employees to buckle down and solve problems,” Metts said. “Joe made a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of employees with our agency.”

As the commander of the Detention and Judicial Services Bureau, Quig enhanced the partnership between the Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Marshals Service in housing federal prisoners at the Lexington County Detention Center, Metts said. Quig also supervised enhanced efforts to enforce court orders in child-support cases in Lexington County.

In addition, Quig supervised implementation of an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that authorizes specially trained correctional officers to enforce federal immigration laws at the Detention Center under ICE’s supervision, Metts said. In September 2010, specially trained correctional officers began enforcing federal immigration laws at the Detention Center under section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. That section enables officers to legally identify criminal and illegal aliens whom they might encounter and initiate removal proceedings for persons who are found to be in the United States illegally.

Since September 2010, specially trained correctional officers have interviewed 889 aliens jailed at the Detention Center who were taken into ICE custody and placed into removal proceedings, according to ICE. Of the 889 aliens, 596 aliens, or 67 percent, have been removed from the United States by ICE or voluntarily returned to their home countries.

As a result of implementing the 287 (g) Program, the Sheriff’s Department has reduced the population at the Detention Center by about 10 percent, Metts said. In addition, ICE now pays the cost of housing inmates at the Detention Center who are in ICE’s custody.

Specially trained correctional officers are authorized by ICE to check immigration statuses of all inmates who are housed at the Detention Center, Metts said. Correctional officers detain inmates, pending further action by ICE, when the officers determine that inmates also violated federal immigration law.

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