Sgt. LaCorey McIlwain is acting police chief

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By Vanessa Tyson

Sgt. LaCorey McIlwain was appointed interim chief of the Pageland Police Department June 2.
McIlwain is temporarily leading the department pending a SLED investigation of Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee and Capt. Dean Short.  
Greenlee and Short are accused of breaking into the home of another officer of the department on May 29.
McIlwain first joined the PPD on Jan. 3 of this year.  He has 20 years of experience with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), and served six years as acting chief of the Heath Springs Police Department, which is under the security of the LCSO.
McIlwain said there has recently been an increase in crimes in the town, such as burglaries, shootings, home invasions and stabbings.
He wants to reassure the people of Pageland that the police department is aggressively policing the communities.
“We’ve increased our patrols and have gotten out into the communities more,” McIlwain said. “We want to be proactive instead of reactive.”
McIlwain said the town has 10 police officers currently working with the department.
“We have a great nucleus of officers who are smart, intelligent and know how to police,” he said.
“They are officers of principle.”
McIlwain said these police officers have a higher calling placed on their lives and greater responsibilities in serving the town of Pageland.
“We believe in getting involved in the community, and we want the residents to feel comfortable approaching us,” said McIlwain.
He said if residents of the town have any problems, they can call the department, and officers will be there to assist them.
McIlwain emphasized his officers have good character and integrity, and that is something they will continue to display.
McIlwain has an associate degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina-Lancaster, and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from USC in Columbia.
He and his wife, Chandra, live in Lancaster County and have five children.