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Spartanburg police chief testifies to House subcommittee about biggest challenges for law enforcement

Spartanburg Police Chief Alonzo Thompson testified in front of a House Judiciary subcommittee Wednesday about challenges facing law enforcement.

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy of Spartanburg invited Thompson to Washington to speak at the hearing with three other law enforcement professionals.

The hearing was held in conjunction with National Police Week.

During his testimony, Thompson spoke of the need for better police-community relations, issues with recruitment and retention, and budget constraints affecting safety equipment and training.

He said while there are additional issues, those three demand “immediate attention.”

“Now more than ever, questions about police accountability, training and organizational culture are commonplace. Improving community relations is paramount,” Thompson said.

He later cited the Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light public art project that was designed to enhance public safety and relations between police and the community.

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