Richland County Sheriff’s Senior Deputy Terrence Acox enjoys the opportunity he gets to make a difference in the lives of young people. It’s a mission he regularly embraces as the school resource officer at Lower Richland High School and one that has brought him praise.
His most recent accolade was a big one: He was named School Resource Officer of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Resource Officers.
Acox was honored during the association’s 13th annual conference in Myrtle Beach the last week of June. The annual award recognizes a school resource officer for outstanding performance, student oriented enhancement, school violence prevention, and community support.
Acox received letters of endorsement from Richland 1 officials, parents, students and community members. He spoke recently about his commitment to his job and his hopes for young people.
“It does not matter about color, race, gender or size; I treat everyone the same. I wear my badge with pride and integrity every single day.
“For most officers, when we leave home, we leave our wives and children to put our lives on the line to serve and protect. We strive to do our best at our job because we love what we do.”