CORCA appreciates all of the hard work of our law enforcement community in their efforts to reduce retail crime and keep our communities safe!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2021 WINNERS!
North Carolina – Officer Joel E. Wing
The 2021 North Carolina Law Enforcement Officer of the Year is Officer Joel Wing, a 22-year veteran of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Officer Wing has been a Community Coordinator in the Providence Division for approximately 13 years where he works closely with SouthPark Mall and surrounding retail businesses.
Officer Wing’s supervisor, Lieutenant Shawn Crooks of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, told us, “Officer Wing is well deserving of the nomination for CORCA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year based on several factors. These include his knowledge of the retail stores that are within his purview, the work he conducts both in crime prevention and investigations, and the partnerships and relationships he’s formed with retail stores’ employees.”
South Carolina – Investigator Donny Sands
Investigator Donald “Donny” Sands was named the 2021 South Carolina Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. A member of the criminal investigations division of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, Investigator Sands has spent 25 years working in emergency services. Currently Investigator Sands covers shoplifting in the south/central region of Spartanburg County, is assigned to the Arson Unit and is the Arson K9 handler.
“Investigator Sands is always willing to help. He provides updates on any changes or statuses with ongoing cases. His efforts provided us with fencing information that was found through a cross county partnership with other law enforcement agencies. As more information is found on either end, the shared communication has improved the case closure rate and mitigated further loss sooner,” said Krawiec in his nomination.