Pickens County Officer of the Week
A pioneer of law enforcement
by Joe Toppe Staff Writer
PICKENS COUNTY - When she’s not patrolling the hallways of Edwards Middle School, School Resource Officer Teddi Palis of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is tending to her horse farm and grandchildren.
“We have had horses for about ten years,” Palis said. “We also barrel race with them and that is a stress reliever. We are with the National Barrel Racing Association and I have qualified for the past three or four years for the nationals, but I am just excited at my age to stay on the horse.”
Palis said she also enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren.
“I’ve got four grandchildren that I thoroughly enjoy,” she said. “I have two that live in the area and I have two others that live in Tennessee.”
Palis is a lifelong resident of the Upstate and is a 1973 graduate of Wade Hampton High School.
Following high school, Palis became one of the first women ever hired by the Greenville City Police Department to work in dispatch.
“In 1974, I was one of the first women hired for Greenville City Police Department to work in dispatch,” Palis said. “We were an experimental project for communications and it was a very rewarding experience. It was at that time I became hooked on law enforcement because it was unlike any other job I ever had. It was also very eye-opening as to what actually happens out in the public.”
Palis had always been intrigued by law enforcement and wanted to be one of the first women out on the road as well.
“Prior to being hired on dispatch, I had gone to Greenville City Police Department and interviewed with the captain,” Palis said. “I asked him about the possibility of me going out on road patrol, but at that time there were no females on the road. I was persistent and I have been in law enforcement ever since.”
Palis’ career with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office began on Aug. 12, 1991.
“My career continued with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office in the early 1990’s,” Palis said. “I was hired to work dispatch, but not long after that, I was placed as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) officer. I really enjoyed that until I was placed full time as a school resource officer. I enjoy working with juveniles and I hope to put them on the right road.”
Palis is a mother of three and a grandmother of four.
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