We are busy as ever in every department of the town, but especially with our men and women in blue.

The Bluffton Police Department is held its second annual recruitment event which was a great success. The event consisted of a short physical agility test, written exam and a hiring board that wants to select the very best applicants to join the Bluffton PD family.

The department is also in the planning phases to host another recruitment event on April 13, so stay tuned.

In other BPD news:

• The department recently had a product demonstration of Virta, a sophisticated piece of training equipment, which brings another level of training experience to BPD personnel.

Virta is a realistic, scenario-based de-escalation and response to resistance simulator. Using the virtual simulator, officers can experience various scenarios and train according to how those scenarios will turn out, thereby providing appropriate response to the actions of each scenario.

We will keep everyone posted on how this demonstration went and if there is an interest in the department to incorporate this equipment.

• Officer Terry Harden was selected as the department’s Officer of the Quarter for the last quarter of 2020. Officer Harden, a member of the department’s traffic unit, has done an exceptional job serving the community and always goes above and beyond. More information about Officer Harden and other officers can be found on the Bluffton Police Department’s Facebook page.

• Last year, I wrote about #9PMRoutine, and every evening around this time, I think about this hashtag – and more often than not realize I have not locked my car for the evening.

It is a simple task: at 9 p.m., make sure you have removed the valuables from your vehicles, lock your cars, close your garage door, shut and lock all windows and house doors, turn on any exterior lights and set your alarm if you have one. Doing these simple steps will help keep you out of harm’s way.

• We are still partnering and incorporating the programs created by the Lutzie43 Foundation. This distracted driving campaign has been in the works for several years.

BPD has added two new members to its traffic enforcement team and both officers will work during peak traffic hours. The team’s objective is to educate about distracted driving through Lutzie 43, and enforce traffic laws with the emphasis on reducing traffic accidents.

For more information on Lutzie43 visit its page on our website at townofbluffton.sc.gov/434/Lutzie-43.

Lisa Sulka is the mayor of the Town of Bluffton. lsulka@townofbluffton.com