Next steps for Pageland after police officers quit

Controversy continues to brew in a local town after a majority of their police officers resigned.

Wednesday night, the Pageland town council voted to name the Chesterfield County sheriff as the interim police chief, while they work on fixing the staffing problem.

The sheriff's office is stepping in to help with patrolling while they’re down nine officers.

All of this started earlier this week when town council voted to reinstate Larry brown as the police chief.

Right after that happened, the majority of the police department announced their plans to resign.

Brown will be back in the office Monday following a four month sled investigation. Sled tells us the investigation is on-going and they can't release any information yet.

After Wednesday night’s meeting, town council decided Brown will work under the sheriff who will be the interim police chief until the problem is resolved.

Brooks says Brown will focus on filling the open positions.

"Larry's going to have a new job of recruiting new officers, of building his police department back. This is going to give him the time to do that,” Brooks said.

The sheriff's office will handle the day to day operations. The town of Pageland will cover the overtime pay for the deputies on patrol.

The sheriff says  if the department recruits seasoned officers, it could be a quick turnaround.
It would take rookie officers about 18 months to be ready to get on the road.

There's another meeting planned Monday morning. The sheriff, along with Larry Brown and town administrators will discuss how to best recruit and move the police department forward.

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