Morgan Wins Solicitor's Award

Officer Christina Morgan is a 12 year veteran

Ed Jenson
October 27, 2017 - 11:15 am

When the Spartanburg Police Department decided to refocus its efforts to fight domestic violence, they asked Officer Christina Morgan to lead the way.

The 12-year law enforcement veteran served as the agency’s domestic violence investigator when the agency committed to Operation Home Front, a multi-agency partnership focused on fighting the community epidemic.

Morgan embraced the new approach and developed training for the entire agency. She reviewed each domestic violence case file to make sure the written reports were complete and all of the available evidence was collected. The veteran officer also followed up with victims as needed and she organized a series of successful educational community meetings on the issue.

Countless hours of hard work allowed Morgan to earn the 2017 Solicitor’s Award for Spartanburg County Law Enforcement Excellence. The presentation occurred tonight at Solicitor Barry Barnette’s law enforcement appreciation dinner. A committee of officers from city, county, and state agencies nominated and named the winner.

The finalists for the award – Trooper Ron D. Manley of S.C. Highway Patrol and Deputy Mark Gaddy of the Sheriff’s Office were also recognized at the banquet. 

Morgan’s prize package includes a weekend beach trip with a free BMW to drive and a signed certificate of recognition from Rep. Trey Gowdy. Morgan will also have her name added to a photo that hangs in the lobby of the Solicitor’s Office.

The recent success helped Morgan earn a promotion to Sergeant in the uniform patrol division. She continues to assist with the domestic violence investigative work as time allows. Morgan is fluent in Spanish and she often helps co-workers and sister agencies with translation needs that surface in the community.

“Christina is always attentive to victims and works tirelessly to make a difference in the community and the lives of the people she comes in contact with,” Solicitor Barry Barnette said. “I’m sure her continued efforts have broken the cycle of violence that destroys so many families.”

Solicitor Barnette presented a second award of note at the dinner.

Dr. John David Wren received the Bill Barnet Service Above Self Award. The Spartanburg pathologist was cited for more than 30 years of service to the local criminal justice system.  Wren has testified on countless occasions about his findings in murder and felony driving under the influence trials.

 “I truly appreciate everyone’s willingness to support such a worthy cause,” Barnette said. “Police officers and their families richly deserve a night of rest and relaxation for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe.”

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