Pickens County Officer of the Week
The uniform, the gun range, the family business
by Joe Toppe Staff Writer
PICKENS COUNTY - When he’s not out on the road, Deputy Van Massingill of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office spends his down time on the gun range.
“When I’m not on the road, I am definitely out on the gun range a lot,” Massingill said. “I like to shoot guns with my friends, and I like a little competition. I like to shoot clay pigeons, targets, and skeet shoot. When I am not on the job, I am out there shooting.”
Massingill was born and raised in Easley and is a 2006 graduate of Easley High School.
Following high school, Massingill worked two jobs until his 21st birthday when he began his career in law enforcement at the Anderson County Detention Center.
“I knew I was going to be in law enforcement ever since I was little,” Massingill said. “I saw my dad do it and he’s still a deputy and has been one for over 20 years. I’ve even got cousins on the highway patrol. I’ve been around it my whole life and it is a family business.”
After his time working in the Anderson County Detention Center, Massingill returned home to work on the road for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.
“The sheriff’s office likes it when you get a little work in the detention center first before you go on the road,” Massingill said. “Since I put in my time working in the jail over in Anderson County, I took a position here on the road and came home to Pickens County.”
Massingill is a 2012 graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and would like to finish his career at home in Pickens County.
“I’ve got roughly 21 more years left in this business and I call it a family business because it is,” Massingill said. “I grew up around law enforcement and I definitely want to finish my career in Pickens County.”
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