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April 09, 2014

Dedicated his life to keeping others safe

South University Newsroom

Steve Knafelc has dedicated his life to keeping others safe. As a twenty year law enforcement veteran, Knafelc leads a team of investigators charged with solving the most serious crimes assigned to the Kershaw County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Department.

“Being in law enforcement is a unique challenge every day,” said Knafelc. “Every day there is something different.”

As a lieutenant with the sheriff’s department, Knafelc oversees all of the day to day activities of Criminal Investigations. This means he supervises all crime scenes, assigns criminal cases to investigators, and serves on the department command staff. But, he still found time to complete his Master of Science in Criminal Justice in 2013 from South University, Columbia.

“Going to school as an adult was not easy,” Knafelc admits. “A professional needs a degree to move forward in life.”

The convenience of online classes was a key part of Knafelc’s success. “All of my classes were conducted online, and with my work schedule at the sheriff’s office this was the best move for me to make.”

Knafelc also thought it was important that most of his professors had law enforcement backgrounds. “This, I feel, makes a big difference in teaching classes.”

Knafelc’s law enforcement education will continue in 2014, when he attends the F.B.I National Academy for ten weeks in Quantico, Virginia. This is a prestigious honor that Knafelc says is reserved for a chosen few. “The F.B.I. only takes two law enforcement officers throughout the state for each class,” he explained.

Knafelc says his selection to the F.B. I. National Academy is one of the high points of his professional life, and he credits education with giving him the potential to further his career. His advice to others working to complete their degree and pursue their career is simple.

“Never give up.”

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