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Monday, March 18, 2013

COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott proudly announces the Columbia Police Department’s (CPD) Drug Suppression Team (DST) has been named the Top Street Level Criminal Enforcement Team in the United States.

The honor was bestowed upon the team at a conference sponsored by the National Criminal Enforcement Association (NCEA) on March 14, 2013 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

CPD’s Drug Suppression Team joined more than 800 additional police officers and guests from 38 states and 1 Canadian Province for the event.

The award ceremony concluded a week-long criminal interdiction training conference.

The six-officer team won the award based on its proactive efforts to reduce narcotics activity in the City of Columbia.

CPD’s DST competed against other cities including: Los Angeles, California; New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Miami, Florida; and Houston and El Paso in Texas.

Additionally, DST was recognized for its organizational skills and strategic crime suppression operations that have netted close to 700 narcotics arrests in 2012.

DST stood out among other, similar teams for maintaining a strong partnership with residents in combating criminal activity. DST investigates several CRIMESTOPPERS tips that are typically received on a daily basis.

Chief Randy Scott says, “This is such an incredible honor. Columbia Police Department’s Drug Suppression Team has been recognized in front of law enforcement colleagues as being the absolute best in the entire nation. That is a tremendous accomplishment. The award is well-deserved. CPD has a stellar group of officers who work diligently to improve the quality of life for all Columbia residents.”

National Crime Enforcement Association Executive Director David Wright says, “We would like to congratulate all recipients of our prestigious national awards for their outstanding dedication, achievements and pursuit of the criminal element in 2012.”

Last year, DST investigated more than 340 narcotics cases, including the seizure of approximately 18.36 pounds of marijuana; and more than 35 grams of cocaine, and 50 grams of crack.

DST Officer W. Mays is the recipient of the 2012 Largest Street Level Ecstasy Base Seizure.

Mays was given the honor after seizing more than 400 units of ecstasy during arrests and traffic stops.

The NCEA is a non-profit law enforcement based organization, which strives to provide law enforcement training. For more information, visit www.ncea314.com

Chief Scott created the DST in 2010 to proactively address street level narcotics. For more information on DST visit CPD’s website at www.columbiapd.net/dst.html

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