Special surprise guest, George Rogers, dancing the electric slide with the children and C.A.T. Deputies at the American Legion Youth Christmas party hosted by Sheriff Leon Lott and RCSD!
Sheriff Leon Lott and RCSD are proud to host the youth Christmas party for the American Legion. A special event of food, dancing and presents!
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced today the Passing of Deputy Mark Ryan. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Mark lost his battle with cancer late yesterday afternoon. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that many in the community actively supported Mark, and his three daughters, as Mark fought lung cancer. The outpouring of support and love that Deputy Ryan received over the last several years was tremendous. Deputy Ryan spoke frequently about the great people at RCSD and in Richland County that supported him; with Mark saying in 2011 “I could not have made it this far without the help, support and prayers of everyone at RCSD and the community”.
The Sheriff stated that he is extremely proud of Mark for not only battling hard, for so long, against this crippling disease but for continuing to work for the Department and citizens of Richland County up until the very end of his life. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Mark’s devotion to others was evident in his exemplary service – recently Mark received recognition for running into a burning apartment complex (with no regard for his own personal safety or medical condition) to save citizens inside; Mark was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation shortly afterwards.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Mark was a devoted single father who raised three daughters. The Sheriff stated that Mark’s daughters were his whole life and one of Mark’s proudest moments was standing with his daughter as she was married on November 12, 2013.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Deputy Mark Ryan joined the Sheriff’s Department in 2008 having worked as a uniform patrol deputy and in Victim Services. The Sheriff is asking the community to continue their support of the Ryan family by praying for them as they deal with this difficult time.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that a full ceremonial law enforcement funeral will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM at Greenlawn Funeral Home. The Sheriff stated that memorials can be sent to the Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation 5623 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223 and will go to support Mark’s daughters furthering their education.
Sheriff Leon Lott and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department honored with other public safety agencies by the University of South Carolina.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department, University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement and Safety, Budweiser of Columbia, the SC Restaurant & Lodging Association, the Greater Columbia Hotel & Motel Association, the Greater Columbia Restaurant Association and Lamar Advertising have joined forces to make our communities and roadways safer; across Richland County with the Stand Up, Stand Out; Show Your Shield Program.
“As your Sheriff my passion is to improve the quality of life in Richland County and make sure that all citizens are cared for. One of the best ways that I know to do this is by providing you with information that will help you, help us, reduce your chances of becoming the victim of a crime.
My recognition is a declaration and a stand that I will do everything in my power to keep you safe; it is also my way of asking for your help. My way of reminding you that the primary mission of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department is to provide diversionary programs to stop the criminal justice cycle, to prevent crime and to capture those that would terrorize our communities by victimizing you. This declaration is in conjunction with the effort by the National Crime Prevention Council to nationally dedicate a whole month to reminding citizens of the importance of preventing crime; I am asking that every citizen do 1 thing every day this month to help you protect you, your family and your home or business.
I am inviting you to celebrate Crime Prevention Awareness Month by practicing crime prevention (remember though that these efforts should be a year round priority) in return I will continue to fight crime and provide you with FREE crime prevention and training opportunities. Please take advantage of FREE business, home, church or community classes that can be taught by calling the Community Action Team at 803-576-3191 or by emailing email@example.com .
We are quickly approaching October and Crime Prevention Month as well as the South Carolina State Fair; with this in mind I will be sending out safety tips for the upcoming fair and have included best practices for daily living in this message. I urge you to be proactive, be alert, take precautions, and report suspicious activity immediately.
Please allow the Sheriff’s Department to partner with you by coming to your home or business and conducting a FREE safety analysis. We can also come to you community group, church group or business to talk about safety; or simply join a crime watch in your community and take a stand against crime.
I will be putting out weekly safety information on our social media sites during the month of October so please like us on facebook, twitter, Instagram, Newvine, and Tumblr……provide the icons/links here ….or our website www.rcsd.net or by calling us 803-576-3036. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department stands ready to assist you and will continue to have a passion for professionalism and “Building Unity in the Community”
Sheriff Leon Lott
Sheriff Leon Lott asks you to follow these safety tips when visiting the South Carolina State Fair, and tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of crime. The fair opens October 9, 2013 and runs through October 20th. The Sheriff’s Department recommends leaving home early and planning the route to the fairgrounds beforehand. Parking is available inside and outside the grounds, also use caution and be aware of your surroundings, and watch for who may be watching you. Deputies recommend making sure all valuables are out of sight and that your car is locked – Sheriff Leon Lott recommends that you stay in a group if parking outside the official fairgrounds lot. Sheriff’s Deputies will be patrolling inside the fairgrounds along with other law enforcement agencies working security. A command post will be set up at the Heath building near the rocket for first aid and lost children, another post is set up at the backside of grandstand next to the stands for seating — Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies ask that parents to point out the command posts to their children and tell the children to go there or find a uniformed officer if they become lost. Deputies are cautioning that anyone causing problems at the fair will be asked to leave and may be subject to other enforcement action.
Additional State Fair Safety Tips:
- Try and go to the fair in groups, this should help to prevent potential predators waiting to commit a crime.
- Take small purses or bags inside with you and try to avoid using large purses and pocketbooks – unfortunately they’re good targets for purse snatchers and can fall off amusement rides.
- Do not flash your cash – this will only attract unwanted attention and make you a target for robbery or pickpockets.
- Parents please check in with your young adults or have them check in with you periodically (cell phones can come in handy for this process) – just make sure if they are to be calling you that they set an alarm on their phone as a reminder.