Byrne JAG funds in South Carolina support the Midlands Gang Task Force, a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force led by the Richland County Sheriff's Department. Agencies participating in this task force include the Richland County Sheriff's Department, the Columbia Police Department, the Forest Acres Police Department, the Irmo Police Department, the Cayce Department of Public Safety, the Benedict College Police Department, the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office, the University of South Carolina Police Department, the South Carolina Department of Corrections and the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. The ongoing mission of the task force is to identify, investigate and prosecute individuals who participate in criminal gang activity within Richland County and its various municipalities. The Midlands Gang Task Force is currently in its fourth year of Byrne JAG funding. The participating agencies have been able to combine intelligence and investigative powers to enhance and streamline Richland County's gang investigations through this collaboration.
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