Chester police move out after rift with sheriff's office

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) - The Chester Police Department has moved out of the law enforcement building it had shared with the Chester County Sheriff's Office after a rift between the two agencies over office space.

The police packed up their belongings and moved to City Hall on Thursday after a dispute over who would use two offices vacated when the police department's major retired and its chief resigned

City Administrator Sandi Worthy says the move was prompted by two police employees who recently told city council members that they had been threatened with arrest if they entered the offices.

Sheriff Alex Underwood says no such threats were made by any of his employees and that he hadn't heard claims of any threats until the police officers began moving.

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