Coalition donates money to sheriff’s office

Natalie Netzel Staff Writer

October 23, 2013

NEWBERRY COUNTY — Newberry County’s Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking has donated $4,500 to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office to assist with buying camera equipment systems for the officers.

“This grant is the result of the wonderful partnership between Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and Westview Behavioral Services. The efforts of both are vitally important in combating underage drinking,” said Tom Perry, the coalition’s coordinator.

The camera systems will be used during compliance checks, undercover operations, party patrolling and other functions necessary to the sheriff’s department to help serve the people of Newberry County better.

Compliance checks are used by law enforcement to help enforce criminal statutes, local ordinances or both. It helps identify establishments that sell alcohol to underage youth. Party patrols are used by law enforcement when patrolling areas for parties where underage drinking might be an issue.

The sheriff’s office has partnered with coalition along with Westview Behavioral Health Services to help prevent underage drinking in the county.

“It’s important to have support for law enforcement in the community and it’s especially important to see that the support extends to businesses and agencies. We certainly appreciate what Tom Perry and the coalition board are doing in the community. It helps make our job easier when we have this kind of support,” said Sheriff Lee Foster.