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Published on July 2nd, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


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


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