Sheriff Leon Lott Speaks to Religious Leaders – Millennium Magazine Columbia SC News

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Published on July 25th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Sheriff Leon Lott Speaks to Religious Leaders


Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott held a community meeting on recently at Greater Saint Luke Baptist Church, 5228 Farrow Road , 29203. There were well over 171 attendees from various organizations, communities, and counties who were present to learn about the importance of being proactive when it comes to safety measures in church, business, or in the home.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that it is important to have a plan of action in place that anticipates a problem; and possibly reduce the chances of a negative occurrence. Once the seminar was complete, the Sheriff held a meet and greet followed by group sessions to discuss proactive ideas to bring the churches and communities together and to make them safer. The Sheriff stated that many churches need to do more out reach into the communities, introduce themselves, and that we as citizens need to know (and reach out) to our neighbors.

The Sheriff continues to preach: “Unity in the Community” which is important when building community trust and developing a partnership. One of the biggest topics discussed was preparedness, and if churches were truly prepared should a “Dylann Roof” type of situation were to happen in their place of worship; this topic of discussion was an eye opener, cause for ways to improve church safety.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has for the past several years provided training and education for churches and communities. The Sheriff added that we teach Crisis Management Training to churches in Richland County and across the State. The Sheriff continued, we also provide church safety training by request for free, geared specifically for churches…it is a biblically based crime prevention training.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that it is taught to church staff, leaders, and members for safety of the flock. Richland County Sheriff’s Department conducts assessments of the church, education comprehension, and covers several additional concerns. This time of conversation was sponsored by the Chaplains of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department; for more information please email Chaplain Paul St. John at

Lieutenant Curtis Wilson
Richland County Sheriff’s Department
Public Information Officer & Community Liaison


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