On Wednesday, May 13, the Rotary Club of Beaufort honored four local law enforcement officers, with the Rotary’s Jesse Altman Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, and recognized Patrolman Nicole Anderson of the Port Royal Police Department as the overall Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Pictured above are (left to right): Patrolman Nicole Anderson, Port Royal Police Department; Master Sergeant George Erdel, Beaufort Police Department; Sergeant Robert Herlong, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office; and Lance Corporal Timothy Clarkson, South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Each officer was nominated by their department chief and the overall Law Enforcement Officer of the Year was selected by a Beaufort Rotary Club selection panel, based on a review of the nomination packets.
Patrolman Anderson was recognized for her actions on the night of March 22, 2018, when she responded to a “shots fired” call and observed men fleeing from the scene. She pursued the individuals and was able to detain one of them until back-up arrived. Her actions resulted in the seizure of multiple narcotics, firearms and ammunition, to include a handgun loaded with a 50 round magazine.
The annual award is named in honor of retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Jesse Altman, a former City of Beaufort Police Chief and Beaufort Rotarian.