News briefs

The City of Newberry Police Department was reaccredited by the S.C. Police Accreditation Coalition which promotes professional improvement of law enforcement services to local residents. The department has maintained its accreditation for 18 consecutive years.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The State Electronics Challenge, a program that encourages offices to "buy green, use efficiently and recycle responsibly," awarded the City of Columbia's Information Technology Department a 2017 Silver Green Technology Award.

In April, the S.C. Department of Public Safety recognized the police departments of Bishopville, Camden, Lexington, Myrtle Beach and Port Royal with its Agency of the Year honor, based on agency size, for their 2017 DUI enforcement efforts.