NEWBERRY — Deputy Sheriff Kayla M. Koon, of the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office has recently graduated from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.
Koon recently completed and graduated from a 12 Week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program term at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy as a member of Class #679, and is now a commissioned Class I Certified S.C. Law Enforcement Officer.
A lifetime resident of Newberry County, Koon began working with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer with the Newberry County Detention Center in 2017.
Koon is a 2008 graduate of Mid-Carolina High School and went on to attend Piedmont Technical College. She attended and completed Piedmont Technical College’s EMT School in 2010. With a desire to do more, Koon decided that she would further serve her community and country when she joined the U.S. Army in 2011. She currently holds the rank of Sergeant- U.S. Army Reserve where she served as part of a U.S. Deployment, Kabul, Afghanistan (2015-2016: Police Liaison Detachment).
Having been bitten by the “public service bug” early in life, Koon decided there was more for her to do and she wanted to further her law enforcement service as a civilian as well. Having been hired as a Corrections Officer by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office in 2017, she was soon thereafter selected as a candidate to become a Deputy, a venture she began after completion of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
Koon is the daughter of C. Scott Koon and Pam Worthy Brown, both of Newberry County. She is proud to say that she is a third generation law enforcement officer, as well as a first responder. Koon’s family of service includes her father, Lance Corporal C. Scott Koon- S.C. Highway Patrol, her mother, Pam Worthy Brown, EMT- Newberry County EMS and her grandfather, Britton Worthy (deceased), a former EMT and law enforcement officer in his own right.