Welcome to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers’ Association, “The voice of Law Enforcement in South Carolina since 1941.” It is an honor to serve as President of this prestigious law enforcement organization and I commit to you my best efforts.
The SCLEOA is open to all law enforcement professionals in South Carolina, and is designed to support, train, and protect our brothers and sisters in blue. The mission of the SCLEOA has always been, and remains, to enhance and support the law enforcement profession. Through a critical incident fund, line of duty death benefit, training programs, legal representation, legislative monitoring, recreational activities (i.e. the annual Bass Tournament, Golf Tournament, Police Olympics, and others), and many networking opportunities, the SCLEOA has truly positioned itself as “the voice of law enforcement in South Carolina…”
The expectations for and scrutiny of law enforcement has never been higher. As I approach my 40th year in law enforcement in South Carolina, I have witnessed great advances made in our chosen profession as well as increasing demands placed on our officers. This past year has been a tremendously challenging year for our profession both here at home and nationally. The stresses and dangers for each man and woman who puts on the badge can be overwhelming.
Communication, support and partnering with each other as individuals and agencies are vital as we strive to protect those whom we serve. The S.C. Law Enforcement Officers’ Association is an important part of that partnership.
The services and benefits available through the SCLEOA are comprehensive, varied and designed to meet the needs of today’s law enforcement professional. I encourage every officer, whether just out of the SC Criminal Justice Academy or someone with years of experience and knowledge, to take advantage of the training, support and other opportunities membership in the SCLEOA has to offer.
Whether through the website, calling (803) 781-5913 or dropping by in person, I encourage you to join up, get involved and take advantage of SCLEOA membership.
Chief Mark Keel
SLED & SCLEOA President, 2015-2016