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"P.A.C.E.—Police and Community Engagement: Conference to be hosted in Aiken in November to bring together law enforcement and the community"

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

Contact Person: Lance Crick (864) 282-2100

COLUMBIA, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles, announced today that the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina is proud to join the Aiken Department of Public Safety and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers’ Association (SCLEOA) as a host for the P.A.C.E. (Police and Community Engagement) Conference in Aiken on November 5-6, 2015.  The goal of this conference, which includes a plenary session with both law enforcement and members of the community, is to provide both the community and law enforcement with an understanding of their roles in 21st Century policing.

Topics will include verbal communications skills to help de-escalate volatile situations, strengthening community partnerships, the power of partnerships, and successful joint efforts between the community and law enforcement to keep communities in South Carolina safe, to include the Aiken Safe Communities program. 

Launched in early 2013, the Aiken Safe Communities Initiative is a unified, proactive community approach to engage, educate, and encourage recurring offenders to change their behavior and make healthy life choices.  The initiative also bands together local, state, and federal law enforcement to expedite the investigation and prosecution of individuals who reoffend in lieu of accepting opportunities and assistance offered by the community during public notification meetings held at Aiken City Hall several times a year.

From 2012-2013, the City of Aiken experienced an 86% reduction in murders.  Earlier this year, the South Carolina Community Development Association presented the City of Aiken with its 2014 Award of Excellence, recognizing community development efforts that have significantly improved the quality of life in the community.

All participants must register on-line with SCLEOA at  

P.A.C.E. Training announcement attached below:


Updated October 16, 2015