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Assistant Chief Wes Wiles Named Optimist Club Officer of the Year

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 This is the second consecutive year he has won the award.
 His law enforcement career began in 1992.

Wiles, far left 
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — For the second consecutive year, the Optimist Club of Rock Hill has selected Winthrop University Assistant Chief of Police Wes Wiles as its Officer of the Year.

Wiles was recognized for his years of law enforcement service, but particularly for his stellar investigative skills.

Campus Police Chief Ken Scoggins
said Wiles was “the perfect choice.”

“Assistant Chief Wiles has many years of experience and training that is invaluable in his current assignment,” Scoggins said. “Just as important, Wiles has a can-do personality, is respected by all members of the department and consistently makes decisions in the best interest of the department and Winthrop University.”

“Assistant Chief Wiles is indeed the officer that every department wants to have on its team,” he added.

Wiles’ law enforcement career began as an officer with the Greenwood Police Department in 1992. He joined the Rock Hill force in 1994 before joining the Winthrop community in 1999. He quickly rose through the ranks from officer to assistant chief and has worked in all operational areas including investigations, events, evidence and drug analysis.

The Optimist Club presents the Officer of the Year Award to one officer from Winthrop Police, Rock Hill Police, York County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol who goes above and beyond the call of duty. Past Winthrop awardees include Sgt. Chris Parks and Lt. Chris Yearta.

For more information, contact Nicole Chisari, communications coordinator, at 803/323-2236 or

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