Meet Deputy Carey Clark with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
Carey has been in law enforcement for 3 years. Before that, she was working in retail. When asked why she joined law enforcement, she shared, “I participated in the Richland County Citizen Academy. I had so much fun learning and when I did the ride along, it blew me away.”
Born and raised in Richland County in South Carolina, Carey is called to give back to the community that gave her so much. “This is my home. This is where I grew up. I want to protect the place that raised me.”
She recently joined the Community Action Team and shared that she loves it. One of her favorite things is High Five Fridays at local schools. Recently, she had fun at a High Five Friday event where she shared, “I had a couple of kids that came up to me that were from an apartment complex that is known for being a little rougher around the edges. They said, ‘We remember you! You gave us stickers!’ I never thought that just hanging out with kids and letting them ask questions and goof off would have such an impact. When that happened, it made me feel that I’m not just arresting people. It makes me feel that I’m doing something right.”
Other people see that too. Carey shared a story about having to take a woman into protective custody, “She said, ‘I can’t believe someone who doesn’t know me cares about me this much.’ That’s what it’s about. My heart is in helping people and letting them know that they matter.”
And you matter, Carey! We are thankful to celebrate you for this week’s #WonderWomanWednesday!