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Billy Wilkins Award for Law Enforcement Excellence Honors Allen Jacobs

Fallen officer's wife accepts award

May 3, 2016

On April 28, a Billy Wilkins Award for Law Enforcement Excellence was presented to Meghan Jacobs, the widow of Greenville police office Allen Jacobs.  In March, Jacobs was shot and killed in the line of duty.

“Her two boys revered their father.  They talk about him all the time.  They’re so proud of him and she suspects that perhaps they’ll follow his footsteps,” said Wilkins. 

WSPA TV - April 28, 2016

Each fall, an officer from Greenville County and Pickens County receives the award. The one for Officer Jacobs came early and it marks the first presented posthumously.

Other media outlets to report on the presentation to Ms. Jacobs include The Greenville News, WYFF television, FOX Carolina.

William W. “Billy” Wilkins is former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and former Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission. He began public service in 1974, when he was elected Solicitor (district attorney) for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in South Carolina. From there, president Ronald Regan appointed him to the 4th Circuit.