Bluffton Police Officer Frank Ginn Jr. was awarded the J.P. Strom Award upon his graduation from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. The Academy’s most prestigious award is bestowed on the student who obtains the highest overall academic average during the Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) program. The award was presented to Officer Ginn in a graduation ceremony on June 26, 2020.
The South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy is a 12-week program. It consists of classroom, field, and physical ability instruction required to become a law enforcement officer in the state of South Carolina.
“This is the first time the Bluffton Police Department has had a recruit receive the J.P. Strom Award. It is a huge accomplishment and we are very proud of Officer Ginn. He is already an exceptional addition to this department,” said Bluffton Interim Police Chief Scott Chandler.
Officer Ginn spent 24 years in the Marine Corps before being hired by the Bluffton Police Department in January of 2020.
The award is memorialized to honor Joseph Preston "Pete" Strom. He served as the eighth Chief of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) from 1956 until his death in 1987. He was considered by many to be the driving force behind a movement towards professionalism in South Carolina law enforcement.