Portrait of Trey GowdyGREENVILLE, S.C. –The Palmetto Bank’s seventh annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon was held at The Palmetto Bank Corporate Headquarters in Greenville, SC on May 9, 2011. Keynote speaker Congressman Trey Gowdy spoke on several topics including the importance of law enforcement’s voice in pending legislation, challenges he faced during his first year in Congress, our nation’s trillion dollar deficit and its effect on the economic structure, and how the Patriot Act led to the discovery of Osama Bin Laden.

“We look forward to hosting this luncheon each year,” said Derrick Copeland, VP, Chief Security Officer and Fraud Investigator. “It gives us an opportunity to show our appreciation for the superior service and dedication the men and women of law enforcement have provided the bank and local communities over the years.”

The Palmetto Bank is committed to working with the law enforcement community as they continue to seek new approaches of deterring fraud against consumers.

The luncheon was attended by more than 60 officers including police chiefs, sheriffs, and federal law enforcement officers from across the Upstate.

Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, The Palmetto Bank is a 104-year old independent state-chartered commercial bank and is the fourth-largest banking institution headquartered in South Carolina. The Palmetto Bank has assets of $1.3 billion and serves the Upstate through 29 banking locations in Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and York counties. The Bank specializes in providing personalized community banking services to individuals and small to mid-size businesses including Retail and Commercial Banking, Mortgage, Trust, Brokerage, and Insurance. Additional information may be found at the Company’s web site at www.palmettobank.com.