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Q What are the origins of SLED?
The State Law Enforcement Division used to be the old state constabulary until 1947, when then-governor Strom Thurmond formally established SLED through an executive order combining the liquor police and record unit into an agency. SLED's chief is appointed by the Governor.
Sources: Walter B. Edgar, The South Carolina Encyclopedia; Charlie B. Tyler, ed., South Carolina Government: An Introduction.