Exception to South Carolina law allows uncertified cops to make arrests, carry gun

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A South Carolina law allows uncertified police officers to work for departments across the state for up to a year while they are waiting to get into the Criminal Justice Academy. A law, that some believe is a threat to both officers and the public.

Officials say it’s time to consider changing the law in South Carolina. The law has an exception which allows police officers to patrol neighborhoods, make arrests and carry guns all before completing formal training at the state level.

The minimum requirement for certified police officers in South Carolina is 4 weeks of field training, 8 weeks of classroom training and two written tests. Jackie Swindler, former police chief turned Director of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy says officers need to complete formal training before hitting the streets.

“I will say that I was a chief of police for an agency for 21 years before I came to work for the state and I did not work anyone during that tenure as chief that was not certified,” says Swindler. “I believe that you really need to prepare people.”

Swindler says the academy implemented the current training format in 2019 cutting wait times to get into the academy from months to under 14 days. He says some departments offer their own training in addition to the state required training.

“Agencies could do that much training or even more without putting the people out to work,” says Swindler. “But of course there are still some agencies that work them for some months before they even attempt to start them into the training.”

Swindler says there’s no way of knowing how many uncertified officers are working across the state but says some could be completing training through their department.

“I really don’t have a way of knowing that, they register with us so we know they are out there,” says Swindler.

Former South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon says the law is driven by several things including short staffed police departments.

“It’s been an issue in South Carolina really for decades, as far as I can remember and it’s driven by lack of resources,” says Condon.

Condon believes changing the law requiring officers to be certified before hitting the streets would take little work.

“I think this sort of proposal where you simply require certification before working as an officer, I would think would get broad bipartisan support,” says Condon.

The law has been on the books for at least 45 years according to Swindler. Both say now would be the opportune time to change the law.

Chiraq: At least 7 killed, 48 wounded in Chicago’s most violent weekend this year, West Side bears brunt of the violence

Chicago’s most violent weekend this year began Friday evening when a 5-year-old boy was shot in the leg while sitting in a car as adults around him argued.

It peaked early Sunday morning when 17 people were shot in two hours in a two-mile area on the West Side, accounting for about a third of those shot over the weekend. Three women and four men were wounded in Douglas Park by someone in a passing black Camaro; two woman were shot an hour later on the other side of the park; eight people were hit about an hour later, blocks away, including a man who died. More than half the victims from the shootings were hit in the arm or leg.

The Chicago Police Department released audio of the last shooting that featured close to a minute of nearly constant gunfire. “Below is the sound that Chicago needs to change its ways on how we handle gun offenders,” tweeted police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.‘A lot of nights end up this way’: 7 shot in Lawndale’s Douglas Park »

The three shootings occurred in the Ogden police district, where the department deployed 50 extra officers on Sunday. “Area saturation teams and organized crime officers flooded Chicago’s west side following several multi-victim shooting incidents,” Guglielmi tweeted. Ambulances flooded Mount Sinai and Stroger hospitals on the West Side.

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PBS NewsHour full episode July 31, 2018

Tuesday on the NewsHour, Facebook detects dozens of fake accounts and deletes bad actors in the countdown to the midterm elections. Also: President Trump’s former campaign manager on trial, 3D printed guns now legal, using lemonade stands to teach kids about finance, congressional gridlock and giving more power to local government and more.

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PBS NewsHour full episode July 26, 2018

Thursday on the NewsHour, how President Trump’s trade policies are playing out in America’s heartland. Also: Pakistan’s contested vote for prime minister, today’s deadline to reunite separated families, Facebook’s stock plummets amid efforts to fight fake news, low wages for home care workers, the N.J. attorney general on being the target of discrimination and a novel on native life in the city.

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Tuesday on the NewsHour, the Trump administration offers billions to farmers hurt by the president’s tariffs. Also: The White House threatens to take away security clearances from former officials, the underestimated risks of drinking while pregnant, duck boats under scrutiny after a deadly accident, pros and cons of year-round school and the deadline to reunite separated migrant families.

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