Detention Officer Andrew Patterson receives Bert Friday Award from South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy


YORK COUNTY, SC -  On Friday, February 22, 2013 York County Sheriff’s Detention Officer Andrew Patterson was presented with the Bert Friday Award during graduation ceremonies at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, SC. 


The Bert Friday Award is presented to the student in the basic jail training class with the highest overall academic average; including successful completion of all performance tests.  Patterson had the highest academic ranking out of 34 students in his class.


The Bert Friday Award is named after G.S. Bert Friday who left a legacy of a long and illustrious law enforcement and corrections career as a patrolman with the Columbia City Police Department and rose to the rank of Captain in 1954.  In 1962, he joined the SC Department of Corrections as Deputy Warden. The Jail and Prison Inspection Division of the Department of Corrections was established in 1967 with Friday organizing and implementing the statewide inspection program. He helped lay the foundation for a successful cooperative effort among state agencies and departments that still exists today.


Officers who successfully complete the basic jail training attain certification in South Carolina as professional detention officers.


South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Director Hubert Harrell presented the Bert Friday Award and York County Sheriff’s Detention Center Security Commander Gary Davies was on hand for the ceremony.