Training Officer of the Year
Corporal Craig Lilly of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was named “Training Officer of the Year” by the South Carolina Training Officers Association at its annual conference in Myrtle Beach October 7 through 9, 2018. The Association was created to enhance and promote closer communication and cooperation among all law enforcement training officers in South Carolina. Its membership includes regularly employed officers responsible for training programs at agencies engaged in criminal justice activities.
Corporal Lilly has been employed by the sheriff’s office for nine years and became assistant training officer in 2012. He holds instructor certifications from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in all but three subject matter areas taught at the academy. He is also a certified instructor in the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Active Shooter Program and is a certified Taser and Simunitions instructor. Corporal Lilly is a Class 1 law enforcement officer but also became certified as a Class 2 corrections officer to learn the corrections side of the operations of the sheriff’s office and conducts all training for detention officers. He also assists with training including Defensive Tactics for all sworn personnel of the sheriff’s office. Corporal Lilly also manages the Field Training Officer Program at the sheriff’s office, which pairs new deputies with seasoned officers for several weeks of on-the-job training after the recruits graduate from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. He is also a member of the sheriff’s office SWAT Team.
“Training is a priority for this agency,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “The State of South Carolina sets minimum annual training requirements for police officers, but here at the sheriff’s office we require much more than those minimums. Nobody at this agency takes training and the safety of our officers and the citizens we deal with more seriously than Corporal Lilly. He does a fantastic job and is very deserving of this honor.”