COLUMBIA — The former chief of the Newberry Police Department has been named the new director of the S.C. Criminal Justice Police Academy.
Chief Mark Keel announced the appointment of Jackie Swindler as the academy’s new director on Aug. 12. Swindler took over as director on Sept. 2.
Swindler retired as Newberry’s police chief in June 2014 after serving 38 years in law enforcement.
“Swindler will bring a new dimension to the Academy,” Keel said. “He brings with him a wealth of experience, exceptional leadership skills and shares the vision of maintaining and enhancing training at the academy, which as a result, will continue to produce the finest members of law enforcement who will serve the public.”
Swindler began his career in law enforcement with the City of Newberry Police at the age of 18 in 1975 as a cadet. He became a commissioned law enforcement officer in 1978 rising through the ranks to chief.
In 2003 he retired but again led the agency until 2014 when he left to serve at the S.C. Department of Social Services (DSS). There he served as the law enforcement liaison coordinating activities between DSS and law enforcement officers throughout the state.
“I am deeply honored to have been appointed to this position and I thank the Law Enforcement Training Council for allowing me this great opportunity to run our state’s only law enforcement training academy,” Swindler said. “I intend to meet every challenge with enthusiasm and will take pride in providing the most challenging and effective training possible to our police recruits and veteran officers.
“Meeting the challenges of law enforcement in a constantly evolving world is a challenge that I will take most seriously,” he added. “Cultural diversity, additional training and budgetary items are just a few of the issues that I will be addressing.”