York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant likely hasn’t driven with a car seat in his truck in decades.
Like many law enforcement officers, Bryant’s deputies patrol York County with a hardened rear seat designed to keep an adult suspect — and the officer — safe on the way to the York County Detention Center.
But from time to time, sheriff’s deputies need to transport a young child to a safe place. And just like any parent or grandparent, that child needs to be safely secured in a car seat on their way to their destination.
The Piedmont Regional Association of Realtors learned of the sheriff’s office need for those car seats this year. Thursday afternoon, the group donated eighteen brand new car seats to the Victim’s Advocate at the York County Sheriff’s Office.
“We are very appreciative to the Piedmont Regional Association of Realtors for their efforts and donation,” said Sheriff Bruce Bryant. “Often times Deputies will stop a car and arrest a driver that has a child in the vehicle or our Victim’s Advocates work with DSS and we have to move children from one location to another and we need car seats to transport the children. State law says you can’t move children without a car seat and that law applies to us as well.”
The donations originate from part of the Palmetto Regional Association of Realtors care community service campaign. As a result, the PRAR’s organization chose to provide the Victim Assistance Unit at the Sheriff’s Office with resources to safely transport children in emergency situations. The Combi USA, based in Charlotte, NC, supplied all 18 child safety seats to PRAR.
The safety seats will be kept at each of the Sheriff’s four district offices for when a Victim’s Advocate or Deputy needs to make use of one. Advocates at times turn around and donate the car seats to victims who need safety seats for their children.