Charleston Co. sheriff selected to serve on national communications board

Charleston Co. sheriff selected to serve on national communications board

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The sheriff of Charleston County will serve on a national advisory board, the sheriff's office has confirmed.

Sheriff Al Cannon was selected to serve on the executive advisory board of the National Domestic Communications Assistance Center, an FBI-led center that operates as a knowledge-sharing hub for law enforcement and the communications industry.

Cannon will replace Sheriff Rich Stanek, of Hennepin County in Minneapolis, according to Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson.

The NDCAC's goal is to share collective technical knowledge to assist law enforcement in investigating cases that involve electronic communications. An example of the challenges the center hopes to resolve would be law enforcement's need to intercept communications under court orders but some agencies' lack of technical ability to do so, according to the agency's website.

The Board consists of 15 voting members from federal, state, local and tribal Law Enforcement agencies with state, local and/or tribal representatives having a majority of one seat, according to its website.

The NDCAC is located in Fredricksburg, Virginia and opened in 2013.

Cannon's appointment to the advisory board began under former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch's Administration, and was approved on Feb. 21 under current Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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