HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Police Chief Saundra Rhodes has been recognized as the 2014 Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year.
The WoLEEY award is sponsored by the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) and Motorola. This award honors people who demonstrate excellence in their career, community and in the NAWLEE organization. This year, Chief Rhode's contribution's and accomplishments are being honored.
She has worked in law enforcement for 21 years. She was the first African-American and female Police Chief for the HCPD. In 1993, she began as an undercover narcotics agent, working as a substitute teacher and a narcotics agent. She has been a sergeant, lieutenant and captain for the HCPD. Chief Rhodes said community policing is her favorite position of all.
During her tenure as Chief, she bridged gaps between law enforcement and the community by implementing programs like, Shop with a Cop and the Community Outreach Team. She also revamped the recruiting process to recruit qualified minority and female candidates.