More than 400 law enforcement officials from agencies statewide are in Columbia this week for a training seminar.
The event, which opened Monday, is aimed at training agencies in the new tactics in the criminal justice information system, a system set up to share information on criminal files, fingerprints and quicker identification of suspects among agencies statewide.
SLED Chief Mark Keel and Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook spoke at the opening ceremony, where they also presented three people with awards.
Lt. Mark Mims, of the Florence Police Department, Diane Bodie, of Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and Christopher Gary, of Greenville County Department of Public Safety Forensics Division, all received recognition for their work using the criminal justice information system.
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Keel said SLED has spent nearly $5 million in the past three years revamping the new system.
Added Holbrook, “The new system is a force multiplier for all of us.”