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SEPTEMBER 23, 2014


McMaster, law enforcement leaders support Gov. Haley in Statehouse press conference

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Jeff Taillon, 803-546-3787,

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Former United States Attorney and South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and past and present law enforcement officials held a press conference today to support Governor Nikki Haley's efforts to protect South Carolinians and her willingness to work with law enforcement. McMaster was joined by:

Former South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon
Former United States Attorney John S. Simmons
Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone
York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant
Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile
Dorchester County Sheriff L.C. Knight
Former 15th Circuit Solicitor, South Carolina Senator Greg Hembree
Former South Carolina Highway Patrolman, Representative Dennis Moss

Following the press conference the participants released the following joint statement:

“We are here today to thank Governor Haley for her steadfast support of South Carolina law enforcement. Because of her efforts in her first term the Palmetto State is a safer place for every citizen and officer. Law enforcement and prosecutors depend on support and cooperation from the executive branch to do their jobs. Gov. Haley has proven willing and able to work with and support law enforcement to keep South Carolinians safe.

"Gov. Haley has been an advocate for us in the Statehouse by helping to push for the passage of the Blue Alert Program, Emma's Law, and pushing for additional funding for transportation improvements and additional officers in the S.C. Department of Corrections, S.C. Law Enforcement Division, S.C. Department of Public Safety, and S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services -- all without raising taxes.

"Law enforcement is a tough, complex business. Lives are on the line. There are times when investigations must be kept confidential, as in the Department of Revenue security breach, and times when the public's assistance is invaluable, such as with Crime Stoppers. Sometimes natural disasters strike and the whole state must react as one. Gov. Haley understands this. Gov. Haley has been there to support us in these efforts and we are here today to support her.”

Blue Alert Program - established the program that rapidly disseminates information to help apprehend suspects that kill, seriously injure, or abduct law enforcement officers.

Emma's Law - increases the distribution of ignition interlock devices to severely intoxicated or repeat drunk drivers, making South Carolina tougher on DUI than ever before.

Transportation improvements without raising taxes - in 2013, over a billion dollars was dedicated to roads using existing revenue sources effectively increasing capacity in front of expected population growth and making our roads and bridges safer for future generations.

Executive Budget (2012-2013)
SC Corrections - $14.7 million in capital projects and deferred maintenance
SCPPP - $3 million for offender supervision and sentencing reform
SLED - 51 agents, $2 million in operating and $4.8 million for capital improvements
SCDPS - 56 officers and $10 million in capital projects

Executive Budget (2013-2014)
Attorney General - $150,000 for human trafficking operations and $2.5 million for DUI and general prosecution
SLED - Over $1 million for agents and operations and $2.5 million for capital and non-recurring expenses
SC DPS - $2 million for additional troopers and improves communications networks and $800,000 for vehicles and station repairs
SC Corrections - $3 million for officer pay raises and $10 million for capital projects.
SC PPP - $1.2 million for officers and operations and  $900,000 for sentencing reform and parole board operations.
SC DJJ - $8.4 million for sustainable funding and replacing non-recurring revenues.


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