Two from county join State Transport Police
COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Department of Public Safety welcomed 16 new officers to the State Transport Police (STP), a division of SCDPS. STP is primarily responsible for enforcing state and federal laws governing commercial motor vehicle traffic.
Two of the officers are from Darlington County. Officer Latonya M. Loredo, whose hometown is Darlington, has been assigned to Region 1/Columbia. Lance Cpl. Thomas Horne, whose hometown is Society Hill, has been assigned to Region 5/Florence.
“State Transport Police officers have a unique role in keeping our highways safe by ensuring that commercial motor vehicles operate safely throughout the state,” said SCDPS Director Robert G. Woods IV. “Each officer is trained in state and federal law to regulate commercial motor vehicle traffic and we are proud to welcome this group to the SCDPS team.”
The new STP officers have attended and graduated from Basic Training at the Criminal Justice Academy and have been trained in all areas of commercial motor vehicle safety. The total training time for a new STP officer is nine months. Training includes basic law enforcement; size and weight enforcement; hazardous materials regulations; conducting safety inspections and Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations.