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“Furthermore, the South Carolina Municipal Association gave a task to all municipalities and police departments last year. They came up with the 12 highest areas that cause lawsuits and cost the city the most money. If you’re a member of the Municipality Association, you pay fees to the Association for workers comp and insurance for equipment for the city. There are a lot of things that go into those fees. A lot of agencies were being sued for use of force and other issues. “The Association wanted all agencies to develop policies and procedures for those 12 areas. Todd Williams with the Association came in February to review all policies and procedures for the Manning Police Department. During the review, he gave us a 100% rating. He praised our department to our city administrator, and the administrator communicated with me about their interaction. “For it to be stated that there was a public safety issue within the department or the City is misleading. It is important for me to let the citizens of Manning know the city is a safe place to live, a safe place to work. We have a great community with great police officers, and I am proud of the efforts of not only law enforcement but the citizens to keep crime low in Manning.” Shaffer has procured legal representation and will be moving forward with the grievance process, per the City of Manning policies and procedures.