CLEMSON — Matthew Prisco has been named 2018 Clemson University Police Officer of the Year, as announced by Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police Greg Mullen. Prisco was recognized at a county-wide banquet recently and during an internal CUPD meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Matthew Prisco and Greg Mullen at Clemson University Police Department headquarters, sharing a laugh at a recent awards ceremony.

Matthew Prisco, left, shares a laugh with Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police Greg Mullen, after he was named Officer of the Year for 2018.
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“We’re glad to recognize Matthew for his excellent work,” Mullen said. “More than 50 percent of the nominations we received were for Matthew. His peers feel that strongly about the things he’s doing. He is always available to do anything as needed, whether it’s filling in on a shift, coming in early — anything you want in someone who is an all-around officer. He’s always looking for opportunities to improve and help the organization grow.”

Prisco was presented a plaque in front of fellow officers and professional staff at CUPD headquarters. The award is given in honor and appreciation for distinguished and dedicated service to the university police department.

New officers sworn in. Mullen also led a short ceremony to officially swear-in the three newest CUPD officers: Bennett Hendricks, Donny Parnell and Sebastian Veneziano. All three officers were on site for the meeting and swore an oath to support and defend the constitutions of the United States of America and State of South Carolina. They also swore an oath of honor that reads as follows:

“On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the Constitution, my community and the agency I serve.”