5265 International Blvd
North Charleston, SC 29418
CJCC Chairman, Captain Jason Bruder graduated Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Long Island University with a Master of Science in Homeland Security Management. Captain Bruder completed SC Police Corps in 2002 and started with the Department assigned to Team 1. From there, he moved on to Narcotics and then to Team 4 Patrol. In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was the first supervisor of the Field Intelligence Unit. His assignment prior to being promoted to Lieutenant in 2015 was to oversee the creation of the School Security Response Team. As a Lieutenant, Captain Bruder served as a Patrol Commander for Team 4 (West Ashley) and Team 3 (James & Johns Islands) and was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police as the Chief of Staff. Captain Bruder currently commands the Special Operations Division. In addition to his primary duties, he is also the Commander of the Civil Disturbance Unit, a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, American Society of Evidence Based Policing, and a NIJ/IACP Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholar.
In addition to his various assignments, Captain Bruder also served on the SWAT Team as an operator for 9 years. He has extensive training in high risk operations, firearms instructions, and is certified in Crisis Intervention. He is also a graduate of the 62nd Session of the Administrative Offices Management Program and the 279th Session of the FBI National Academy
CJCC Director, Kristy Pierce Danford is a data-guided, collaborative reformer with over two decades of experience. As founding Project Director for the Charleston County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), she’s helped lead the CJCC’s transformative efforts to safely reduce jail use, face inequities, and engage the community in improving the local criminal justice system. She is an active member of the Charleston Forum Board, Executive Board of the National Network of CJCCs, and the Advisory Board for the Master of Public Administration program at the College of Charleston. She’s also served as a probation and parole agent in SC, court services program manager in CT, and as a Senior Associate with the Crime and Justice Institute, having worked nationally on legislative reforms and guided improvement efforts in local, state and national justice organizations seeking better outcomes.
Director Danford completed her undergraduate degree at Charleston Southern University where she also played on the women’s soccer team. In addition, she holds a graduate certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the College of Charleston.