Jay Brooks, the City of Cheraw’s police chief for the past seven years, has kicked off his campaign to become the next sheriff of Chesterfield County.
Brooks, who will face three opponents in the June 10 Democratic Primary, said he is running for sheriff to improve public safety in all areas of Chesterfield County.
“I started my career with the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s (Office) and I have a deep love for that department and an unwavering respect for the office of sheriff. Residents of Chesterfield County deserve a Sheriff’s (Office) we can be proud of. I want to get us back there,” said Brooks, who is a 27-year law enforcement veteran and has been with the Cheraw Police Department for the past 20 years.
Brooks pledges to manage public tax dollars wisely and said he also wants to build stronger relationships and strengthen pro-active crime-prevention efforts to make all neighborhoods and communities as safe as possible.
“My experiences in starting the first DARE (drug abuse resistance education) program in Chesterfield County plus the strong relationships I have built with concerned residents in Cheraw have made me knowledgeable and well-prepared to improve public safety across all of Chesterfield County,” Brooks said
Brooks has also been recognized by his peers for heroic service, receiving numerous metals for valor and serving as President of the S.C. Police Chiefs Association in 2012. A board member of the S.C. Police Officers Association, he was also recognized as the department’s top police officer of the year in 2002.
In 2011, Brooks graduated from the FBI National Academy with a 4.0 grade point average and was awarded the coveted Yellow Brick award for physical fitness achievement.
“Only one-half of 1 percent of the nation’s police officers are accepted into the FBI National Academy,” Brooks said. “I am very proud of this distinction and honor, and I believe this is an asset I can bring to the Sheriff’s office to improve public safety across all of Chesterfield County.”
In addition to his law enforcement credentials, Brooks contributes back to his community. An active member of First United Methodist Church in Cheraw, Brooks is a two-time president of the Cheraw Kiwanis Club.