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New Year’s Eve message from Sheriff Leon Lott 

The countdown has begun, the New Year is near and Sheriff Leon Lott wants to remind everyone to have a fun but SAFE night. If you’re out drinking, please make sure you designate a driver, use the “Buddy System” and be careful around fireworks. For more tips that you can apply to your night of celebration, visit us at http://www.rcsd.net/comm/safetips.htm. Below is also an informational video from the RCSD Traffic Safety Unit reminding drivers of how to stay safe on the roads. 

Happy New Year to all!  
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Sheriff Cautions Shoppers, as Black Friday Approaches:

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, in partnership with our business community, would like to encourage you to be safe shopping this holiday season. The Sheriff is asking you to take some extra precautions and follow some tips that will keep you safe. 

Sheriff Leon Lott realizes that the holiday season is fast approaching and that many of you will be out shopping getting into the holiday spirit – kicking off the holiday season with some early morning shopping and some of you shopping in all day marathons on black Friday and the days to follow. Unfortunately we live in a society where not everyone is out spreading holiday cheer. It is with that in mind, that Sheriff Leon Lott and your community businesses want to remind you to be vigilant and alert as you venture out.

Sheriff Leon Lott offers these tips: 

· Be aware of your surroundings, scan the area from time to time 

·  Avoid concentrating so hard on shopping that you fail to keep track of your surroundings, or others near you or your personal property.

·  Be alert in crowded places.

·  Pickpockets favorite places are revolving doors, jammed aisles, elevators, and at public transportation bus stops – make sure your pocketbook/wallet is on your person at all times. 

·  Wear conservative, comfortable clothing.

·  Grip your carried items firmly and avoid leaving them attended.

·  Carry the day’s most expensive purchases closest to your body, and don’t carry so much you lose the ability to react quickly. 

·  Do not leave purchased items visible in the car - leave them in the trunk.

·  Carry minimal cash and valuables, wear minimal jewelry. 

·  Credit cards offer convenience and security, however, keep track of all cards and keep receipts to compare to your monthly statement. 

·  Shop with friends or relatives if possible; there is safety in numbers. 

·  If possible, leave your children with a baby-sitter while you are shopping. If you take your children with you, keep a close eye on them while shopping. 

·  While shopping in the evening hours may be less crowded, there are also additional potential risks involved – park in areas with adequate lighting, again shop with someone rather than alone. 

·  When returning to your vehicle, carry your keys in your hand and be ready to unlock the door and enter as quickly as possible. As you approach your vehicle, scan the area, glance underneath, and take a quick look inside before entering. 

·  Report suspicious people or activity to law enforcement immediately!

Sheriff Leon Lott suggests that you contact the Community Action Team to have them come out and access your business for free and provide information for you and your business. It’s a free service provided by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department – (803) 576-3191 or contact the Richland County Sheriff’s Department at www.rcsd.net, and Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialRCSDPage.fb

Sheriff Leon Lott extends the very best of this Holiday Season from our family to yours!
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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 Investigation (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. 
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Become a Member of the Richland County Sheriff's Department; Citizens Academy Program and Family

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott encourages you to become a proud member of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Citizen’s Academy Class. The Sheriff states that this 12-week program begins August 19, 2014. The Program runs through November 11, 2014 each Tuesday from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.    

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department established the “Citizen’s Police Academy” in the early part of 1998 in response to citizen requests to know more about the Criminal Justice System. Citizens also wanted to find out what types of crimes are occurring in their communities. In response to their requests, Sheriff Leon Lott started a program similar to the ones established in other states, and decided to call it the “Citizens Academy”. The purpose of the “Citizens Academy” is multi-faceted. Some of the Objectives of this program are as follows:

· Explain The Criminal Justice System

· Give the students the opportunity to meet the men & women  that make up the Department

· Introduce the students to the Special Teams that support the line units

· Help the attendees to become Ambassadors, another set of eyes & ears for the RCSD.

· Show and describe the inner workings of the RCSD.

· Make the students aware of crimes occurring in their communities and point out crime trends in the County

· Give the citizens a first-hand look at Law Enforcement by allowing students to ride along with Deputies while on patrol

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the “Citizens Academy” is a twelve (12) week program that attempts to accomplish all of the above objectives. During each class a member of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, who explains his or her field of specialization, such as Investigations, Gang Unit, Canine Unit, Traffic, Narcotics and the many other units within the Department, instructs each class session. After the twelfth (12th) week they participate in a graduation exercise with a photo session with the Sheriff. These weekly sessions are not designed to make the participant a Police Officer. This is an opportunity to receive some of the training that a recruit receives while attending the Police Academy.

This is your opportunity to receive training that will also better prepare you for the efforts you are already giving to your community. 
During the program duration, classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The final session is a ride-along with on-duty deputies.

Participant Requirements:

·        Minimum age 21 years old 

·        No misdemeanor arrests within 1 year of application 

·        No felony convictions 

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the next class will begin August 19, 2014 for more information or to register call the Community Action Team at (803) 576-3191 or visit our website at www.rcsd.net/prog/citsched.htm. 
Citizen's Academy Schedule. We offer two 14 week classes per year, a spring and fall class. The spring class normally begins in January and the fall class begins in August. The next Citizens Academy is scheduled for the following date: August 19, 2014. You may apply online by clicking the APPLY ...
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Sheriff Leon Lott and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department are very excited for and proud of Sgt. Doudoukjian and his son for their hard work and dedication at participating in Special Olympics. Sheriff Leon Lott and RCSD have been long time supporters of Special Olympics South Carolina and are thrilled to see members of the RCSD family competing at the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games in New Jersey! Sheriff Leon Lott and RCSD wish them success at the games and to continue to have so much fun!
Excitement has been building ahead of the Special Olympic USA Games
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Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott asks you to be a part of the Annual BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR Project

Sheriff Leon Lott announced today the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Project HOPE (Helping Our Precious Elderly), has once again teamed up with the Home Instead Senior Care®, Chick-fil-A and Pink Sorbet to provide gifts to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift during this holiday season.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that anyone can stop by beginning Friday, November 28, 2014 and take an ornament from the tree. The Sheriff added that when you return the gift to Chick-fil-A (229 Bush River Road) and Pink Sorbet (2726 Devine Street). Please leave it unwrapped and attach the ornament that displays the senior’s name. Volunteers will then collect the unwrapped gifts, wrap them on December 16th, and deliver the gifts to area seniors on December 17th.

Rene Kilburn, Director of Home Instead Senior Care stated that, “Be a Santa to a Senior gives back to older adults in our area, many of whom have had significant, positive influence on our lives, during this season of giving, we encourage shoppers to buy a little extra to say thank you to these community members.”

For more information about the program, call Rene Kilburn, Home Instead at 803-736-4242 or log on to www.beasantatoasenior.com
The Be a Santa to a Senior program by Home Instead Senior Care spreads holiday cheer to seniors in need. Find a participating location and get started!
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Home Protection and Travel Safety Tips During The Holiday Season; Let’s Plan Ahead!

Sheriff Leon Lott extends the warmest wishes and the best for this holiday season. During this time of year, Sheriff Leon Lott asks you to stay alert to your surroundings and follow these holiday safety tips for your protection:


Holiday Travel Tips 

As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, families are preparing to go out of town. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott encourages citizens to prepare for traveling to their destination and to safeguard your homes while you are away. Sheriff Leon Lott would ask that you ask someone to collect your mail or newspaper while you are away, ask a neighborhood to place your trash on the curb on collection day and occasionally park a car in the driveway. Sheriff Leon Lott would also emphasize that you let a neighbor or family member know where you are going and when you are expected to return. The Sheriff encourages you to give this individual a key to your home in case of an emergency. Sheriff Leon Lott reminds citizens that you can notify the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, when you are away, so that your home can be placed on special property check by calling (803) 576-3102.

Sheriff Leon Lott also wants citizens to be reminded that your actual traveling safety is important as well.  Sheriff Leon Lott states that when citizens are traveling they should avoid traveling with large amounts of cash; they should carry credit cards or travelers checks.  Sheriff Leon Lott states citizens should make photocopies of all their identification cards in case they are lost or stolen. Do not travel outside your normal travel route; if you need to change your route ask a law enforcement officer for directions or your hotel staff.


Driving Tips 

 Know your route

·       Tell someone the route you are taking and approximate time of arrival or return.

·       Keep your car in good condition with the gas tank at least half full.

·       Park in well-lighted areas and lock your doors, no matter how long you’ll be gone.

·       Put valuables out of sight or in the trunk.

·       Drive with all doors locked and windows rolled up.

·       Never pick up hitchhikers. If your car breaks down, put the hood up, lock the doors, turn on the flashers, and move to the passenger seat. Do not leave your car. If someone stops to help, roll down the window slightly and ask them to call the police or a tow truck.

·       Avoid underground and enclosed garages if possible.

·       When parking or returning to your vehicle, carry your keys and be aware of your surroundings. 

·       NO ONE, including KIDS, CATS, DOGS, or ANY animals should be left alone in a vehicle, even if the temperatures outside seem moderate. One mistake can cost lives and also change lives forever!!!
 

Hotel Safety
When arriving at the hotel, scan the parking lot and area, trust your instincts. Does the place look well kept and safe? What is your comfort level?

·       Park your vehicle in a well-lit area close to the lobby where you can see your vehicle and occupants.

·       Before getting out of your vehicle, check your surroundings for suspicious people.

·       When leaving your vehicle, put valuables out of sight and be sure to lock it.

·       Memorize your vehicle license information so you don’t have to go back outside.

·       When checking in, make reservations ahead of time to prevent being stranded with no vacancies or unsafe accommodations. 

·       Women traveling along may prefer to sign in using only a first initial and last name. 

·       Register using your business address.

·       When arriving in your room, store valuables in a hotel safe and get receipt instead of leaving them in your vehicle.

·       Don’t enter your room if someone is loitering in the area and watching you. Report this to the front desk immediately.

·       Be sure the locks on your door are working properly.

·       Familiarize yourself with the closest fire evacuation route.

·       Make sure you know how to use the phone in your room and that you can dial out to 9-1-1. 

·       Memorize the name and address of the hotel and your room number. 

·       Use the “peep hole” to identify visitors. Never open the door to strangers. 

·       When going out hang the “do not disturb” sign on the doorknob and leave a light and radio or TV on.

·       Do not enter an elevator if someone inside seems suspicious.

·       Inquire at the front desk about safe places to eat, shop, walk, or jog. Ask for a map of the area. 


Burglary Prevention
General Safety:

·       Do not leave valuables or cash in your car

·       If you must leave items in the car, put them in the trunk. If you have folding rear seats, make sure those are locked also

·       When driving, always lock your doors

·       If you have small children, check to see if your rear vehicle doors have child safety locks and, if so, activate them (Your owner’s manual will give you the specifics)

·       Always let loved ones know where you’re going and how to reach you. It could be as simple as a note on the refrigerator or a message on the answering machine  

·       Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.

·       Trim back shrubbery hiding doors or windows. Cut back tree limbs that could help a thief climb to second story windows

·       Make sure all porches, entrances, and yards are well lighted

·       Maintain the neighborhood. Dark alleys, litter, and rundown areas that attract criminals  

·       Do not hide house keys in mail boxes, planters, or under doormats

·       Do not put personal identification on key rings

·       Leave only your ignition key with mechanics or parking attendants

·       If you lose the keys to your home or move into a new home, change the locks immediately 


Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home – this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. 

·       Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory. 

·       Consider installing a burglar system.

·       Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 911 immediately. 

 

Remember the three L’s of Crime Prevention: 

Lights, Locks, and the Law! 

Light up your residence

Lock your doors at all times, and call the 

Law when you see something suspicious and put your house on special property check while you’re gone!  

 

For more holidays safety tips please contact the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Community Action Team at (803) 576-3191 or log on at www.rcsd.net and our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OfficialRCSDPage 

 
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The South Carolina Drug Abuse Resistance Education Training Center Receives National Award 

Sheriff Leon Lott is proud to announce that at the 27th D.A.R.E. International Training Conference held on July 8-10, 2014 in Grapevine, Texas the South Carolina D.A.R.E. Training Center received a Certificate of Accreditation from D.A.R.E. America. 

After State funding for D.A.R.E was discontinued in 2003, the program was inevitably going to end. However, Sheriff Leon Lott was not willing to allow that to happen and as a result the Richland County Sheriff’s Department became the State Training Center for D.A.R.E. The Sheriff stated that the D.A.R.E. Training Center acts as a liaison between South Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers and D.A.R.E. America; training law enforcement officers about the D.A.R.E. curriculum, maintaining officer certification records, make recommendations to D.A.R.E. America, distribute updates to South Carolina D.A.R.E. officers, etc. The D.A.R.E. Training Center reports to the Executive Director, Sheriff Leon Lott who stated that the program and program officers have done an outstanding job thus far showing positive results. 

Sheriff Leon Lott states that he is committed to continuing the positive work that the South Carolina D.A.R.E. Training Center accomplishes. The Sheriff adds that it is critical to provide this service to the public so that our youth can receive the assistance they need to become successful in their adult lives. Sheriff Leon Lott commends all those who work hard to keep the D.A.R.E. Program alive and thriving in South Carolina, as well as for their dedication to the youth who benefit from this effective program. 


* Pictured from left to right: Captain John Ewing, Sr. Deputy Arlene Sharpe, and Sheriff Leon Lott
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Richland County Sheriff’s Department Warrior Challenge set for July 4 - Challenge Remembers Fallen Hero Ryan Rawl & Honors Military & First Responders

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is proud to announce a partnership between The Department and Warrior Fitness/CrossFit Vista is issuing a challenge to the community; in honor of Deputy Ryan Rawl. The Sheriff stated that this partnership will host the RCSD Warrior Challenge on Friday, July 4, 2014. The Challenge will begin at 8:30 a.m. with flights every few minutes from CrossFit Vista at 1105 Lady Street at Main Street and carry participants to the Statehouse. The event honors the third-year anniversary of Ryan Davis Rawl’s death and recognizes all those who serve and sacrifice for our freedom.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that teams of two will tackle the RCSD Warrior Challenge by embarking on a course that will take you through historical landmarks completing CrossFit-style challenges. The difficulty of the challenges will honor the stamina, dedication and sacrifice of our military heroes and completion will require a team effort. The distance and challenges will be left a mystery. Participants will be entering a journey of the unknown just as our soldiers and first responders do each time they are called upon! The CrossFit-style challenges can be scaled and modified to each participant’s fitness ability and can be completed by ANYONE.

The event and post-race activities are family-friendly. Adult/child combo teams (kids must be age 10 and up to register) are welcome and kids age 9 and under may accompany adult teams on bike or foot through the traffic controlled route for free. Early registration is $65 per team and $35 per person until June 29, 2014; late registration is $85 per team and $55 per person. Participants must register by July 3rd to be guaranteed t-shirts. Online registration will be accepted at http://www.active.com/columbia-sc/running/distance-running-races/ryan-rawl-rcsd-warrior-challenge-2014 through July 3rd. 

Cash and checks only will be accepted for day of race registration. All registration includes water stations along the route, post-race refreshments and festivities. Start times will be assigned by order of registration, so participants are encouraged to sign-up early to get in an early flight and beat the heat!

Ryan Rawl was a Citadel graduate, Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy, School Resource Officer at Crayton Middle School, and South Carolina National Guardsman, killed in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber in June 20, 2012. Event proceeds and donations will offset minor event costs and benefit scholarships in memory of Ryan Rawl supported by the Ryan Rawl Freedom Run.
Bring your family and join the Richland County Sheriff's Department and Warrior Fitness to honor the memory of Ryan Davis Rawl and recognize all those who serve and sacrifice for our freedom. Teams of two will tackle this challenge by embarking on a course that will take you through historical landmarks completing CrossFit-style challenges. The difficulty of the challenges will honor the stamina, dedication and sacrifice of our military heroes an...
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Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott invites you to join us for "Stacks for Change" Breakfast to Benefit the Sheriff’s Foundation

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has been a leader in supporting organizations, families, and higher educational scholarships. One way this is made possible is through the Sheriff’s Foundation and fundraiser events such as Stacks for Change. 

Join Sheriff Leon Lott as we raise funds on Saturday, June 7, 2014 and enjoy Stacks for Change pancakes, sausage links, fruit cup, and beverage breakfast at FATZ Café, 5590 Forest Drive, 29206 from 7:30 AM until 10:30 AM donation is $7.00. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that FATZ Café has been a wonderful partner and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department is proud to be teaming up for such a great cause! The Sheriff added that your support will enable the Sheriff’s Department Foundation to continue to provide educational scholarships to Richland County Sheriff’s Department Deputies, to support Relay for Life and Special Olympics.

Sheriff Leon Lott’s passion and concern about the well-being of his deputies are evident in the programs that have been implemented. These programs are an essential element to help assist and support deputies and their families; to continuously improve their quality of life and meet their needs. 

This event is sponsored by the Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Citizens Academy Alumni. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, please contact Ramona York, Richland County Sheriff’s Department (803) 576-3023.
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