MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Different levels of law enforcement are training in the Grand Strand this week. The one-of-a-kind training is bringing every level of law enforcement together, and it's one of the only conferences in the country to do so.
The SC Criminal Justice Training Conference trains line officers and deputies shoulder-to-shoulder with top officials, like the Chief of SLED and the US Marshals.
Organizers expect about 500 law enforcement personnel from the federal, state, and local level to train in Myrtle Beach for the four-day program put on by the South Carolina Correctional Association (SCCA), the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers' Association (SCLEOA), and the South Carolina Probation & Parole Association (SCPPA).
"It's really the only conference to allow law enforcement from around the state to come together and share information," said Ryan Alphin, the Executive Director of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers' Association.
Alphin explained this training is unique because each department of law enforcement typically specializes in certain areas. This training allows them to share their knowledge with other agencies who may not look at crime scenes, accidents, or criminal justice in the same way. It is opening their eyes to thinking of the job in different ways.
"Training on gangs and how they affect the communities, there will be training on supervision of sex offenders. We'll even have hostage negotiation training," said Alphin.
Organizers believe the training will benefit every community in the Palmetto State.
"The training is really invaluable to the communities. It allows them to get the information here, share between the three associations, take it back and really implement it into the community," Alphin explained.
For more information on the conference, visit SCLEOA.org