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Posted on: November 15, 2019

Retired York County K9 Sergeant receives Award for Excellence

Photo Left to Right - First Assistant US Attorney, Lance Crick; Sheriff Kevin Tolson, Sgt. Randy Cli

YORK COUNTY, SC (YCSO NEWS) Retired York County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Randy Clinton was recognized by more than 150 Law Enforcement officers across South Carolina at the 2019 Strom Thurmond Excellence in Law Enforcement luncheon. Sgt. Clinton was given the honor at the Lexington Two Innovation Center in Cayce, SC, Friday November 15, 2019.

The Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement was established by Senator Strom Thurmond in 1983 to recognize law enforcement officers whose performances demonstrate the highest ideals of excellence in professional law enforcement.

“This is a well-deserved award for Sgt. Clinton,” said Sheriff Kevin Tolson. “It’s not just one instance that Randy is recognized for, it’s many thousands of hours of blood sweat and tears  poured into his 35 years duty and service.”

Sgt. Clinton began his career with the York County Sheriff’s Office in 1984. During his time as a K9 handler, Clinton was involved in more than 4000 tracks resulting in approximately 2500 located or captures. The incidents ranged from missing persons, to persons eluding capture from law enforcement for simple crimes to murderers. Sgt. Clinton is recognized statewide and nationally as an expert in human and bloodhound tracking. For 19 years Clinton was instrumental in organizing a bloodhound tracking school in York County. He instituted a bloodhound breeding program that has provided more than 75 bloodhounds across South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and West Virginia.  

In January 2018 Sgt. Clinton nearly gave the ultimate sacrifice while tracking a violent domestic violence offender when he was shot and seriously wounded along with three other officers. His positive attitude and outlook in the days and months afterwards inspired and helped the healing process for those affected as well as the York County community.

Sgt. Clinton retired from York County Sheriff’s Office in August 2019.

The Strom Thurmond Excellence in Law Enforcement award is given annually four categories of Law Enforcement; City Officer, County Officer, State Officer, and Federal Officer. United States Attorney Sherri Lyndon and First Assistant US Attorney, Lance Crick presented the award to Sgt. Clinton.  

The Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement was established by Senator Strom Thurmond in 1983 to recognize law enforcement officers whose performances demonstrate the highest ideals of excellence in professional law enforcement.

Sgt. Randy Clinton walking off stage after receiving the award.

Group photo with Sgt Randy Clinton in the middle with YCSO Deputies behind him.

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