Folly Beach Rewarding Cops for DUI Arrests

DUI is a serious crimeFitsnews broke the news today that the Folly Beach Police Department has created a new incentive program to encourage officers to arrest more people for driving under the influence (DUI).

According to an email that FITS posted in full, the police officer who makes the most DUI arrests during a 40 day period will win an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser.  The more DUI arrests made by an individual officer, the more likely they are to win the car.

The DUI Email

From: Dennis Brown
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2012 3:19 PM
To: (Redacted)

Everyone, I am going to provide an unmarked cruiser to the officer who charges the most DUI offenses from now until September 1st. We will do this every year for the officer who arrest the most DUIs. If you do not want the unmarked Crown Vic then the second place person will receive the car.

Dennis Brown
Director of Public Safety
Folly Beach SC 29439
843-588-7003 fax 843-588-7009

It’s unclear if the e-mail means that the winner gets to keep the cruiser or if they just get to use it, but it certainly is an interesting kind of motivation.  An Upstate Sheriff said it was on “the thin line between motivation and bounty hunting” and almost like paying a bonus for arrests, casting suspicion on the arrests made.

South Carolina DUI Lawyers

If you are facing DUI charges in South Carolina, it is important that you contact a South Carolina DUI lawyer. The South Carolina DUI lawyers at the Strom Law Firm will challenge field sobriety testing techniques, as well as, investigate breathalyzers and other evidence surrounding your DUI arrest. You may think not hiring a lawyer and pleading guilty is your best option; however, this may not be the case. Even a guilty plea can lead to lasting consequences like license suspension and hefty fines. You may face repercussions for your DUI conviction from your employer. Do not risk your financial and emotional well-being. Contact a South Carolina DUI lawyer at the Strom Law Firm today for a free case evaluation. 803.252.4800.

About Pete Strom

Defending criminal charges including drug crimes, DUI, CDV, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, and juvenile crimes, Pete also handles Federal and State investigations. Representing individuals in Civil Matters including Class Actions, Personal Injury, Qui Tam Actions, Defective Products, Nursing Home Neglect, and Professional Licensing Defense cases. Joseph Preston “Pete” Strom, Jr., the managing partner at Strom Law Firm, L.L.C., has been fighting for justice since 1984.


  1. I don’t know how I feel about this. It seems to me that the police force is gaining too much power. Now they have drones and taking blood samples out on the field…where is the line? when is it a police state?

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