WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office was recently recognized for efforts to help curb underage drinking.
A recognition award was presented to the Sheriff’s Office on April 1 at the S.C. Underage Drinking Leadership Summit in Columbia. The award was given by the S.C. Alcohol Enforcement Teams.
The recognition award was presented to the Sheriff’s Office for “Innovation and Perseverance in Reducing Underage Drinking.”
Lt. Jeremy Chapman, narcotics and vice supervisor with the Sheriff’s Office, said there are officers assigned to the Oconee Community Coalition, which is made up of law enforcement, School District of Oconee County officials, Department of Social Services, Behavioral Health, Department of Juvenile Justice and others.
The Coalition meets monthly at the Sheriff’s Office. Those law enforcement officers are responsible for going out and doing bar checks to make sure that no one is drinking underage.
“We use informants to go into any establishment that sells alcohol to see if an underage person can buy,” Chapman said. “We also go on what is called ‘party patrol’ where we send a team to check on things as well. Through these efforts, we have helped to curb underage drinking in Oconee County.”