PICKENS COUNTY — Capt. Chad Brooks, a 26-year-veteran of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, was presented the 2015 award for Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer at the county level on Oct. 2 in Columbia.
Brooks oversees the Detective Division and is one of only four Division Commanders at the Sheriff’s Office. The bulk of his career has been focused in the area of advanced investigations and more specifically in the field of narcotics.
The late Sen. Strom Thurmond established the Strom Thurmond Awards for Excellence in Law Enforcement in 1983 to recognize one law enforcement officer from each level of government – city, county, state and federal.
The Strom Thurmond Foundation has continued the tradition of presenting the awards during an awards ceremony hosted by the U.S. Attorney’s Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Foundation.
Brooks was recognized for his level of professionalism, his high standards of excellence and the positive impact that he has had not only in the community that he serves but also to the men and women that he manages on a daily basis.
Through the professional relationships that Brooks has with other jurisdictions at all levels, Pickens County has on many occasions benefited from resources extended to Pickens County during high level investigations at no expense to the local tax payer.
“Chad Brooks is an invaluable asset to the Sheriff’s Office and Pickens County is fortunate to have him not only at our agency but as a lifelong citizen of our community,” Sheriff Rick Clark said. “His love for our county is seen every day in his commitment and dedication to improve the quality of life for our citizens. The manner in which Captain Brooks conducts his personal and professional life sets a standard by which we all can target as our personal goal for success.”