Love affair between officer, Columbia’s Waverly community stretches 18 years

Deputy Police Chief Melron Kelly’s first assignment as a rookie Columbia cop was part of a much-publicized attempt to change community policing. It’s turned into an 18-year love affair with Historic Waverly.

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When even seasoned officers are rattled, this SC minister listens

Twenty years ago, the state police asked the Rev. Eric Skidmore, then a parish minister, to lead the new S.C. Law Enforcement Assistance Program. Since then, he’s helped provide support for officers after numerous police shootings and some of the region’s most gruesome events.

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