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Local law enforcement agency holds third PACE Summit in Aiken next month

October 10, 2018

Local law enforcement agencies will gather with area residents and other agencies from around the state in downtown Aiken next month.

The plan is to work together for a higher sense of understanding between one another and to better the policing in Aiken.

The 2018 Police and Community Engagement Summit will be held on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Aiken Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave.

The purpose of the PACE Summit, which has been held annually in Aiken for the past three years, is to facilitate conciliatory conversations with law enforcement and community members that will help participants build mutual trust and legitimacy.

Chief Charles Barranco with the Aiken Department of Public Safety will facilitate the event, along with Lance Crick, first assistant U.S. Attorney; Eugene White, president of the Aiken County branch of the NAACP; Cynthia Griffin Mitchell, community services coordinator with Aiken Public Safety; and Officer Eleanor Hunter, with Aiken Public Safety.

“This engagement has to occur to make things better, to start a dialogue and to build healthy relationships,” Barranco said. “We cannot do this by ourselves. We have to have this relationship, this understanding and respect for each other.”

Chief Reginald L. Burgess, of the North Charleston Police Department, will be the guest presenter of the summit.

This year’s summit will include: The FBI Color of Law Workshop, addressing human trafficking and an introduction to the Alternatives to Violence Project.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety has partnered with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association to host the summit in Aiken.

The cost is $25 per participant and includes lunch.

To register for the PACE Summit, visit the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers’ Association website, scleoa.org/training.

Want to go?

WHAT: 2018 PACE Summit

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2

WHERE: Conference Room of the Aiken Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave.

COST: $25 per participant

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit scleoa.org/training.

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