Berkeley Co. Sheriff Duane Lewis passes 100 days on the job

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Source: WCSC
Source: WCSC

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Tuesday marks 102 days on the job for Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis.

He was sworn in to the position back in June following the sheriff election and resignation of former Sheriff Wayne Dewitt in February.

Since then Lewis has carried out three major crime sweeps, the most recent making 50 arrests.

"We haven't stopped [since I took the position]," Sheriff Lewis said. "We've got a lot to do."

In the three months as Berkeley County Sheriff, Lewis has created a working relationship with federal, state, and local agencies from the major crime sweeps across the county.

They've netted over 150 arrests dealing with drugs, DUIs, and outstanding warrants.

"It allows us to see the results, sometimes immediately," Sheriff Lewis said.

Changes have been made inside the department as part of a restructuring vision for the sheriff's office, but they came with some challenges.

"[We had to] mesh some divisions together under one unit, and one supervision," Sheriff Lewis said. "That was a little difficult getting that process moving, and getting people to understand and sign on to."

This change comes hand in hand with other initiatives Lewis created like the Citizen's Advisory Board and Community Action Team, both aimed at listening to you about your concerns regarding crime in your area.

"It really connected us with the community," Sheriff Lewis said. "Berkeley County is a big county... it has really opened the doors of communication with the communities and the public."

Meanwhile, Lewis says he's seen the number of calls that come in, drop since his time in office, but admits the department isn't perfect.

"I think the public has seen a difference," Sheriff Lewis said. "Is everything perfect, no. We've got a lot of work to do. I've said all along, when we make mistakes, and we're going to make mistakes, that we admit what we've done, we learn from it, and we move on."

Lewis went on to add he's proud of the men and women who work for the Sheriff's Office who make the day in, and day out accomplishments that much bigger.

The Sheriff's Office is also in need of your help.

They're looking to fill multiple positions at the detention center as they plan to open the third floor at the jail.

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