Thursday, March 13, 2014
Republican Wayne DeWitt has announced that he will seek re-election for Berkeley County Sheriff and will file the necessary paperwork with county officials and the Republican Party when filing begins on March 16.
“I am honored by the opportunity to continue representing the people of Berkeley County and I am excited by the success we have achieved in the sheriff’s office,” said DeWitt. “Our first priority is always to keep our citizens safe and protected. We accomplish this goal by holding our law enforcement department to the highest ethical and professional standards. We emphasize comprehensive and on-going training while continually improving outreach and communication with the residents of Berkeley County.”
In a news release last week, DeWitt called himself a strong conservative and experienced law enforcement professional who was born and raised in Berkeley County. He was elected Sheriff in 1994 and has been the driving force behind improvements in efficiency, effectiveness and fiscal accountability within the 200-person BCSO, he said.
DeWitt’s initiatives as Berkeley County Sheriff includes the department’s first ever acquisition of state and national accreditation; the implementation of the Internet Crimes Against Children program; an expanded and improved Citizen’s Watch Program; and increased collaboration with fellow public safety agencies.
“Berkeley County is one of the largest counties in South Carolina — both geographically and by population — and it will continue to grow in the future,” DeWitt said. “As sheriff I look forward to addressing the requirements of our expanding community; while building upon the success of our department and the law enforcement needs of our residents.”