COLUMBIA,South Carolina has opened one of the first outposts designed to confront computer crime, utilizing state, federal and private resources.

The South Carolina Computer Crime Center opened in Columbia in December and is the first in a series of offices to be launched, according to Senator Fritz Hollins’ office. Hollins, the outgoing chairman of the Senate Appropriation Subcommittee for the Department of Justice, won $5.6 million in federal funds to open the center.

Hollins bills the center as a “one-stop shop for investigating computer crimes that will benefit all law enforcement — and help them beat these cyber-criminals at their own game.”

South Carolina law enforcement, FBI, Secret Service, Customs Service, Postal Service and other agencies will share access to the center and its crime lab, Hollins says.