SLED to create citizens' panel to keep watch over agency

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The leader of the state's top law enforcement agency plans to create an advisory committee to keep an eye on his agents.

State Law Enforcement Division Chief Reggie Lloyd said the committee is based on a similar panel in Richland County, which reviews incidents where officers shoot suspects, but also reviews policy changes and disciplinary actions.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott created the committee in 2001 and told The (Columbia) State it is the only one of its kind in South Carolina.

For SLED, Lloyd says he wants to get a group of 15 to 20 people from around the state within two months. The panel will be balanced in gender, race, religion and profession.

Lloyd says the committee can bring some more transparency and accountability to SLED.

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