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Garrett thanked County Administrator David Epperson and Council Chairman Dwight Stewart and his fellow council members for understanding the need for such technological changes well in advance of neighboring agencies. "I tip my hat to my administrator; he has worked with us and made sure we've had the technology that we needed, especially the cameras," Garrett said. In his time as sheriff, Garrett said he has implemented cooperative efforts between local law enforcement agencies - including the Summerton, Turbeville and Manning police departments - along with creating the sheriff office's Community Action Team. "Deputies with this team work within their communities, especially the ones in which we have a lot of crime and break-ins," Garrett said. "They work with the citizens and civic groups. They are out in public being seen." Garrett also created the county's Interstate Crime Enforcement (ICE) Team, which works against drug and money trafficking and identity theft on Interstate 95. "A lot of people like to think it's just drugs, and some of it is," Garrett said. "But one of the biggest crimes now is identity theft. We've made some major busts when our ICE team is working." Garrett said in the first 90 days of 2016, ICE team deputies confiscated more than $350,000 in drug-related cash, along with thousands of fake gift and credit cards frequently used in identity crimes. In 2014, the team made the largest cocaine haul for all of South Carolina, seizing 121 pounds - or 55 kilos - of powder cocaine, 10 times the highest amount previously found during one incident in Clarendon County. And Wednesday, the team confiscated more than $800,000 in bundled cash that is likely tied to the drug trade. "We've had some major busts on the interstate," Garrett said. "Clarendon County is the halfway point between Miami and New York City. So we see everything come through here." Garrett's deputies have also been responsible starting in his tenure as sheriff with courthouse security. State law and former Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal mandated during Garrett's first term as sheriff that security be tightened in all county courthouses. This meant one door in and out of the courthouse for everyone, with metal detectors monitored by deputies. Deputies are also in every courtroom for guilty pleas and trials. "You have to provide that security, not only because of state law, but because you need to protect the people, the judges and the attorneys that work for our criminal justice system," Garrett said. Garrett said he's also worked to enhance the sheriff's office's criminal investigation and civil process units and warrant division with more personnel. "We're getting more done with more officers," Garrett said. "We're not going to solve every case, but we have a good success rate." Ultimately, Garrett said his mission "to serve the people I represent." "Those people are the citizens of Clarendon County," he said. "I'm reminded every day that this office belongs to the people. They have a say who runs it for them. I'm asking them to allow me to continue serving them."