Monday, April 28, 2014
Patrolman First Class Marc Bailey grew up in Summerville, attended Pinewood Prep and graduated from Summerville High School.
The 32-year-old comes from generations of community service givers so its no surprise he has followed the path.
After joining the U.S. Army in the aftermath of 9/11, he spent four years in the service.
In 2005, he went to work in sales for the food and beverage industry for a while.
With the economy starting to tank, he says he looked at law enforcement as a financially secure career. So he went to work in 2008 for Harleyville Police and then, in 2010, came to Summerville Police Department.
Although he may have chosen law enforcement for the steady paycheck, police work is part of his DNA, as is community service. His maternal great grandfather was chief of police here and his grandfather was city engineer and served on both the town and county councils.
His mother, Margaret, was a dispatcher, reserve police officer and is currently the Registrar of Deeds for Dorchester County.
Bailey began his SPD career in patrol and is currently in traffic.
“We kill more people on our roads in South Carolina, than by any other means other than natural death,” he says. “If I can make a difference by locking up impaired drivers, it is worth it.”
Bailey is certified in Radar/Lidar, Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), DataMaster, and ARIDE – Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. He is also a DRE – Drug Recognition Expert.
He is an SFST instructor, is certified in three phases of collision reconstruction and has earned the state title of Traffic Safety Officer. He is also certified in pedestrian/bicycle accident reconstruction.
He is almost certified as a motorcycle crash reconstructionist and as a speed measuring device instructor, and will be taking the basic instructor development course in June.
By August or September, he says, he will have earned his Traffic Safety Instructor certification.
His short-term goal, he says, is to be a sergeant in the traffic unit.
His long-term goal? “I would like to be chief or sheriff.
“If I could afford to live on state congressional pay, I would like to be a congressman.”
His worst experiences, he says, are death notifications…especially someone killed by an impaired driver.
His best experiences are getting to “see where we make a difference in someone’s life.”
Such as a couple of year’s ago when he dealt with a woman being abused by her husband.
“I was called out on that call and I sat down and talked with her…she finally left and is now leading a happy life.”
Bailey owns his home and shares it with human and canine roommates. The canine is a Rottweiler, Kip, who is 7. His human roommate has been his best friend since they were kids.
Bailey plays rock guitar – acoustic and electric – and loves to ride four-wheelers.
He doesn’t, however, have a lot of free time.
“My roommate and I own our own business,” he explains, “911 Homecare … landscaping and stuff.”
He says he’s “been known to cook,” enjoys it and is good at it.
“I enjoy reading, nonfiction, and playing sports.”
He played baseball and soccer in school. He loves watching college football and is a Clemson Tigers fan … after all, his granddad went to Clemson.
He likes to hunt and fish but says he doesn’t have much time for it any more.
His life goal is to “settle down and have a family at some point.”