By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)————————————-Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant David Smith was named President of the Tri-State Law Enforcement Association during a meeting in December of last year.
Smith, who is an investigator in the Criminal Investigation Division, has worked in law enforcement for almost 30 years. Smith began his career in April of 1987 with the Seneca Police Department and then began his employment in August of 1988 with the Sheriff’s Office.
The Tri-State Law Enforcement Association is made of counties that border Oconee County in North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina. The meetings are held to discuss law enforcement issues, to network and to share cases and information to help all agencies solve and prevent crimes in their respective counties and cities.
“Oconee County is one of the few counties that border 10 other counties,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “Oconee is bordered in South Carolina by Pickens and Anderson Counties, by Macon, Jackson and Transylvania Counties in North Carolina and by Rabun, Stephens, Habersham and Franklin Counties in Georgia. Also, we have a major interstate and major US and state highways that run in and through our county and others that border us. With the mobility of people to move around, crime does not set up camp in one county and stays there. This is why the Tri-State Law Enforcement Association is so important in helping all of law enforcement partners to solve crime and build partnerships that benefit all of our citizens. We are proud that Sgt. Smith is the President of this important organization.”
The Association traces its roots back to the mid-1960’s, according to retired Oconee County Sheriff Earl Holcombe, when a group of officers got together for coffee to discuss a string of robberies that had occurred across state lines. The Association grew from there, according to Holcombe.
The Tri-State Law Enforcement Association meets bi-monthly on the first Thursday of those months. The meetings rotate between agencies in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.