Beaufort police Officer Sean Alford has been named the Officer of the Year by the Rotary Club of Beaufort.
Alford, a three-year veteran of the force, received the 40th annual Jesse L. Altman Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, according to a news release Friday.
He served as the sole member of the Beaufort Police Department's Community Response Team through much of last year, according to the release. The team is designed to be staffed by three officers, but was faced with transfers and staffing shortages.
Alford also helped arrest a suspect accused of a series of thefts and purse snatchings. During a routine patrol on March 15, Alford found a car in a motel parking lot with stolen license tags, according to the release. After investigating, Alford discovered the car had stolen property inside.
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The suspect Alford arrested had been using a false name and was wanted in Tennessee in connection with two murders, according to the release.
Alford has been involved in most of the department's outreach programs, serving as its liaison to the S.C. Department of Transportation and the Beaufort County Board of Education.
Alford also served as the department's liaison to community groups like the Cub Scouts and Senior Leadership Beaufort, and he spearheaded the department's traffic-safety awareness project.