Georgetown County Sheriff Establishes Citizens’ Review Board
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Carter Weaver, Sheriff of Georgetown County, has established a Citizens’ Review Board and will meet with an advisory group Wednesday to implement selection of its members.
The five-member board will review Use of Force and Disciplinary Actions taken by the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and make written recommendations to the sheriff from their findings to protect the public interest and promote the integrity of the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.
“This review board is another step in my commitment to representing all people in Georgetown County,” Sheriff Weaver said. “The culture of my office will be one of enforcing the laws consistently and compassionately, and I cannot ensure that without direct feedback from those we serve.”
Citizens’ Review Board members will be selected by the Black River United Way for a two-year term, which can be renewed for an additional two-year term. One member will be a retired law enforcement officer or have at least five years of law enforcement experience. All must be residents of Georgetown County during their terms. The sheriff will appoint a liaison from his staff to present cases and disciplinary actions. Meetings will be open to the public, and notice will be provided in advance. The agenda will include a time for public comment.
The board will be charged with pursuing the following principles and objectives:
- Seeking social and racial justice;
- Engaging in community outreach and amplifying the voices of the socially, politically, and economically
- Listening to and building cooperation between all stakeholders to find and develop common ground and public
- Championing just, equitable, and legitimate policing policies and practices; and
- Processing complaints, reviewing police practices and internal investigations, issuing findings, writing public
reports, and making recommendations.
Board meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of every month at the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, 430 N. Fraser St., Georgetown.