Beaufort, Jasper counties dole out second chances to fired cops

-THE ISLAND PACKET, 16 JANUARY 2016, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

Local police ranks in Beaufort and Jasper counties include officers who were fired from previous law enforcement jobs in South Carolina.

Of 145 local police officers with past law enforcement experience in the state, 21 previously had been fired or resigned while facing disciplinary action. That’s according to an analysis by The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette of S.C. Criminal Justice Academy records from August to November 2015.

Some were fired for lying and concealing information — red flags that should have made any police chief wary of giving them a second chance, said Matthew Hickman, a criminal justice professor at Seattle University who studies officer decertification. <Read More>