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Meet Nominee Deputy Tammy H. Erwin

By September 24, 2018No Comments

“I was in an abusive relationship in high school and I went through a really hard time. I never pressed charges; I never had an advocate. I feel like if I can get the word out to young people, maybe there will be a young girl out there that wouldn’t become a victim.”

Deputy Tammy H. Erwin first joined the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in March 2017 as a civilian victim advocate, where she was able to place procedures and protocol in place to effectively advocate between victims and the department. Several months later, she enhanced her career by becoming a certified officer through the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. By obtaining this certification, she was authorized to provide even more services for crime victims and the citizens of Marion County.

“I want people to be there,” Deputy Erwin said. “I want to be visible. I want to be there for the happy times, too. We have to be accessible and I want to connect with people in the community before I need to.”

Throughout her time with Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Erwin has been an integral part of the strategy to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community. She has unselfishly given her time and energy to make the department and Marion County a better place to live, and she has created an abundance of positive relationships with the citizens.

“As part of Sheriff Wallace’s campaign promise to provide more positive interactions between the department and citizens of Marion County, Victim Advocate Erwin went above and beyond the call of duty to assist and make this promise a reality,” the nomination read. She has stepped up to help out with numerous activities including school functions, ceremonies, meetings with community groups, and more. “One of her biggest accomplishments thus far has been acquiring Caj, the department’s therapy dog. Caj serves the crime victims in the office, court, and community. Marion County was the first sheriff’s office in South Carolina to have a therapy dog on staff for crime victims.”

To obtain Caj, Deputy Erwin partnered with the Marion County K9 Unit and facilitated a fundraising event to help purchase a new dual-purpose department K9. She involved the citizens of Marion County in this process by selling stuffed animal German Shepards with adoption certificates and organizing “Koins for K9” in which she encouraged children in Marion County to save their change and donate to the fund to help purchase the department’s K9. By doing this, she allowed numerous children and their parents to interact with everyone in the department in a positive way that created lifelong bonds.

“Our communities want us involved,” Deputy Erwin said. “They community wants to know who we are; they want to see our human side. If the community trusts us, it makes the investigations easier. That’s been the big thing.”

Please join us in celebrating Deputy Erwin as one of our finalists for the Officer Gregory Alia Award!

About the Officer Gregory Alia Award
Serve & Connect was founded by Kassy Alia in memory of her husband, Greg Alia, who was killed in the line of duty on September 30th, 2015. This prestigious annual award is named in his honor and recognizes an outstanding officer who demonstrates a commitment to serve his/her community with respect and compassion; one who goes above the call of duty to ensure that members of the community are protected, cared for, and feel valued; one who treats all members of the community as equal and who employed their role with thoughtfulness and tact; and who through everyday interactions builds a safer community for all. The award is presented at our annual event, the Knight of Honor Gala, which will be held on September 28, 2018 in Columbia, SC.