Deputy Todd Parker receives Solicitor's Award for Law Enforcement Excellence




Below is a copy of the Press Release from the 7th Circuit Solicitor's Office


When the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office needs to put someone in jail, deputies often turn to Todd Parker.

Over the past six months or so, the Gaffney native served hundreds of arrest warrants for the agency. Parker has taken part in more than his share of foot chases and searches where the wanted person was found in an odd hiding place.

The energetic deputy’s diligence earned him the 2004 Solicitor’s Award for Cherokee County Law Enforcement Excellence. Solicitor Trey Gowdy presented the award at his annual law enforcement appreciation dinner Thursday night at the Broad River Electrical Cooperative Auditorium. 

"Todd is persistent and relentless," Gowdy said. "On a daily basis, he does a difficult job and makes it look easy."

Parker’s prize package included a commemorative plaque, and a certificate that allows him to drive a BMW for three days. Fairway Outdoor Advertising also plans to unveil a billboard to recognize Parker and the upcoming winner of the Solicitor’s top cop award for Spartanburg County. Parker will also have his name added to a plaque that hangs on the wall of the Cherokee County Solicitor’s Office. 

A committee of police officers from city, county and state agencies nominated and named the Cherokee County winner. The finalists for the award – Blacksburg Police Chief Jamie Ham, Highway Patrol Corporal BJ Albert and Lt. Bobby Dover of the Gaffney Police Department – were recognized at the banquet as well. 

Parker, a fourth-year deputy, is quickly earning a solid reputation in the Cherokee County law enforcement community. Parker received the Cherokee County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse’s DUI award for 2002 and 2003. He recorded 94 arrests over the two-year period. The DUI arrests were recorded while he handled other calls for service.

"If I need something done right and done with enthusiasm then I ask Todd to do it," Bill Blanton said. 

Parker’s award was one of several highlights during a fun and relaxing night for local officers and their families at the Outback Steakhouse-catered event. Solicitor Gowdy recognized the accomplishments of Bobby Duncan Sr. and Gene Turney, two volunteer police officers who recently died after years of service to the Gaffney Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office. Family members of the officers accepted plaques of recognition.

Turney, captain of the sheriff’s reserve program, died earlier this summer with 20 years of service to the Cherokee County community. Turney started working with the Sheriff’s Office in 1984 as a state constable. He was named reserve deputy on June 24, 1991. During his tenure, he oversaw the inmate weekender program, spent countless hours serving civil papers and he spent many hours transporting inmates to different courts around the state. It wasn’t uncommon to see him on the road at all hours of the night, according to department leaders. Turney also used his skills as a contractor to assist with the remodeling of the Sheriff’s Office and the construction of the department’s crime lab. 

Duncan, major of the Gaffney Police Department’s reserve program, died this spring after 37 years of service to the department and his community. Throughout his tenure, his responsibilities included the day-to-day direction of the reserve program, teaching self-defense courses at the YMCA, coached little league baseball and he headed the department’s Adopt-A-Highway litter program. He was also an active volunteer for the city’s fingerprint identification program for young children.

Many of the reserve officers who worked for Duncan went on to enjoy careers in law enforcement.

Generous donations by some community leaders helped make the dinner a success. The donor list includes Associates Bookkeeping & Tax Service, Bill Mason Enterprises, BMW, Burns Chevrolet, Broad River Electric Cooperative, Gordon Mortuary, The Harris Land Company, Nestle’ USA, Outback Steakhouse, Stacy Trucking, The Herald-Journal, Sagebrush Steakhouse, Timken and Upstate Carolina Medical Center. 

"I appreciate the community’s willingness to support such a worthy cause," Gowdy said. "Police officers and their families richly deserve a night of rest and relaxation for the many sacrifices they make to keep the community safe."

For more information, contact Murray Glenn at 809-4892.