COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – Efforts are underway to speed up reviews of law enforcement officers under investigation for misconduct.
The South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy voted to add two special meetings a quarter to look at these investigations.
They’ll also vote on whether to suspect that officer’s certification.
All law enforcement agencies must report misconduct investigations to the academy.
The Law Enforcement Training Council chairman says this overwhelmed them with cases to be reviewed.
“Our purpose is that we train the best people to do this great job and we’ll be able to retain those,” said Jackie Swindler, director of the SC Criminal Justice Academy. “Those that will not be able to be retained in the profession, we’ll be trying to see what they don’t work and do damage.”
If an officer loses his or her license, they can no longer work as a law enforcement officer in South Carolina.