Tip-A-Cop Raises over $1,500 for Special Olympics South Carolina
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced that thanks to a caring community, Richland County Sheriff’s Department Deputies raised just over $1,500 for Special Olympics South Carolina! The Sheriff stated that Law Enforcement has been a leader in the Special Olympics movement for many years — 100% of the money raised goes directly to our local athletes for training, equipment, and travel.
On Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Red Robin® restaurants*, 247 Forum Drive, Columbia, South Carolina 29229 Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies waited tables for tips for lunch and dinner as part of Law Enforcement for Special Olympics South Carolina. All proceeds go directly to support year-round sports training and competition for the 22,036 Special Olympic Athletes in South Carolina. The Sheriff stated that during that period deputies collected over $1,500 for our Special Olympic Athletes! Red Robin has been a wonderful partner and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department was proud to team up for such a great cause!
Sheriff Leon Lott states that Special Olympics South Carolina provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. By participating in sports, physical fitness and healthcare education programs, Special Olympics South Carolina athletes increase self-confidence and social skills, improve physical and motor skills, and have better success in leading more productive and independent lives. For more information please contact Deputy Debo Hayes at 518-6022 or Sue Maner at Special Olympics (772-1555; ext. 304)
You have to love a guy with a great sense of humor lol… Make sure you catch RCSD K-9 5pm-7pm at the SC State Fair this evening at the RCSD Booth — Hampton Building
Richland County Sheriff’s Department Graffiti Abatement Program
Today, October 9, 2014 the Richland County Sheriff’s Department received a very generous quantity of paint from Lowe’s Home Improvement at 390 Harbison Boulevard to go towards the Graffiti Abatement Program. The Graffiti Abatement Program is part of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Keep the Midlands Beautiful initiative and ongoing partnership. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department Community Action Team and Gang Task Force deputies attended the pick up, including Lt. Raphael Gonzalez, recent board member for Keep the Midlands Beautiful. Also in attendance was Jacqueline Buck, Executive Director for Keep the Midlands Beautiful, the Lowe’s Home Improvement store manager Tom Budic, and Phil Clark with promotional services. Sheriff Leon Lott is proud of this wonderful program and longstanding partnership with Keep the Midlands Beautiful.
Sheriff Leon Lott participates in the South Carolina State Guard 2014 Hurricane Hike
Sheriff Leon Lott and Richland County Sheriff’s Department Deputies participated in the 2014 South Carolina State Guard Hurricane Hike in honor and memory of S.C. State Guardsmen, including former Richland County Sheriff’s Department Deputy and 1st LT. Ryan Rawl. The Hurricane Hike consisted of a 6 mile march with a 45lb. backpack. The 1st Place Trophy was named after Ryan Rawl who was killed by a suicide bomber while serving in Afghanistan on June 20, 2012. Ryan Rawl’s family also attended the event, and his father participated in the hike. Richland County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Dustin McPhillips finished in 1st Place and was presented his award by the commander of the South Carolina State Guard, Brigadier General Thomas Mullikin. Sheriff Leon Lott and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department greatly appreciate the service of all our military, especially those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Sheriff Leon Lott Congratulates and Welcomes 13 new Youth Arbitrators
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is proud to announce that on Saturday, September 20, 2014 thirteen members of the community graduated from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Youth Arbitration Program. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the graduates received their certificates after successfully completing the programs 24 hour course which was taught over a 3 week period. This training provided each candidate with the skills necessary to assist our young adults who that have come in contact with law enforcement for misdemeanor crimes. Youth Arbitration was designed to assist our youth, and get them back on the path to success.
The graduates met each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6pm-9pm throughout the 3 week period with instructor Lieutenant Kim Myers, along with guest speakers, who would thoroughly teach about the diversionary program. The Youth Arbitrators learned how to conduct arbitration hearings, and hand down appropriate sanctions to help the student learn from his/her mistake while keeping a clean record! This diversionary option satisfies the needs of the community, the victim, as well as the offender which generates restorative justice for all parties.
Sheriff Leon Lott states that the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Arbitration Program has been in existence since the spring of 2007 and is still going strong with a success rate of 93 percent, and a recidivism rate of less than 11 percent. Since the inception of Youth Arbitration at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department there have been over 2,030 youth referrals to the program. Annual training is a must as we strive to keep positive energetic arbitrators in position to assist our young folks. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer please visit our website at www.rcsd.net.
Sheriff Leon Lott and the Community Action Team from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department taking part in the 2014 Latin Festival…The Sheriff participated in the “Cold Water” challenge for ALS…stay tuned for the video :-)
Palmetto Health recognizes Sheriff and RCSD for Heroes
Due to the Sheriff’s long standing commitment to our health, Palmetto Health came in recently and conducted health screenings for employees for free. These health screenings were part of the many free services the Sheriff has provided for our employees to make sure we and our families are taken care of. The health screenings run by Palmetto Health
were actually part of a Midlands wide competition to see how many people could be screened in a short period of time and once again Richland County Sheriff’s Department led the way and screened the most employees.
To congratulate the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Palmetto Health representatives presented Sheriff Leon Lott with a plaque of recognition and provided RCSD with a pizza lunch.
The FALL 2014 citizens academy class will begin August 19, 2014 atThe FALL 2014 citizens academy class will begin August 19, 2014 at
Headquarters (5623 Two Notch Road). Spaces still open for possible
students for the class. If you are interested, please fill out the
Citizens Academy application and submit for approval. The class will be
14 weeks long, on each Tuesday, from 6pm-8pm.
For more information, please go to www.rcsd.net.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and USC Gamecocks Shared Hope with Stars of Tomorrow
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced that student athletes from the University of South Carolina Gamecocks men’s basketball team, Sindarius Thornwell, Michael Carrera, and Laimonas Chatkevicius shared words of wisdom, and worked out with camp participants. On Wednesday July 23, 2014 at Burnside Elementary School, 7300 Patterson, Columbia 29209 USC athletes spent time with the students conducting several exercises and sharing leadership skills.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the participants in the camp received a wide variety of activities during the camp by the athletes. The men’s basketball team taught everything from warm up drills, stretching, and even the “Go Gamecocks” huddle break. The Sheriff stated that there was never a dull moment during the visit; USC athletes shared how they dreamed about becoming ballplayers, how they used to watch college basketball games on television, and from the stands, and now they are living the dream. The athletes talked about their youth and the situations they have gone through as kids, they encouraged the campers to continue to work hard, do their best, and the importance of education. The message was clear to the elementary aged participants, to not lose focus and realized their goal, and once a goal was set, not to lose site or give up until that goal was reached.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the Richland County Sheriff’s Department holds six camps every year, each with a particular focus in mind for elementary through high school students. For more information on the summer camps or additional information on any programs offered at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department please check out our web page at www.rcsd.net <http://www.rcsd.net/> or call Lieutenant Verlon Rhodes, (803) 518-6756.
Prestigious Award received by Richland County Sheriff’s Department Latent Print Analyst
Sheriff Leon Lott is proud to announce that on Monday, July 21, 2014 at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) 2014 Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Conference, Richland County Sheriff’s Department Latent Print Analyst Diane Bodie was presented with the Inaugural 2014 Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Latent Hit of the Year Award!
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Diane Bodie is an incredibly experienced forensic latent print analyst with an exceptional background; Diane began her career and training in fingerprint analysis with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), then Diane went on to work for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), she retired from there in 2010. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Diane began working for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in 2011 and has played a major role in solving crimes in Richland County ever since.
The Sheriff stated that this acclaimed award will be given out every year for a significant Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) hit that leads to solving a major crime. In this case, Diane submitted a print into AFIS in 2012 from a homicide case that occurred in 2005 and went unsolved for 7 years. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that in October of 2005, Antonio Corbitt was shot and killed in his home by an unknown suspect. Diane, using the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) came up with a positive match for Greg Isaac, which ultimately led to a confession, and justice given to the family of the victim.
Sheriff Leon Lott commends Diane Bodie for her service and dedication both to the department and the community; adding that her hard work has led to numerous bad guys being taken off the streets. Sheriff Lott stated that through such passion and commitment we will reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life for ALL citizens.