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Published on September 29th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Sheriff Leon Lott Welcomes 5 new Youth Arbitrators

Pictured Bottom left: Jade Upshur, Cleveland Wilson, DeAnna Bookert, Monica Elkins-Johnson, Michelle Hampton-Furtick, Nancy Layman, Steve Phillips, Kim Kacsur, Don Wilson. Top Left: Chief Wash James, Dale Van Wagner, Sam Bower, Leslie Taaffe, Linda Jackson, Helen York, Marti Phillips, Laura Meggs, Wanda Gamache, Cpl Chiquita Singletary

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is proud to announce that recently five 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 2 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 Monday through Thursday evening from 6pm-9pm throughout the 2 week period with instructor Corporal Chiquita Singletary, 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 underneath programs/services dropdown to obtain application. Forward application to 5623 Two Notch Road Attention: Youth Arbitration or email Corporal Chiquita Singletary for electronic application at csingletary@rcsd.net. For more information, call Corporal Chiquita Singletary at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 576-1460. Sheriff Leon Lott is always looking for ways to include the community in what we do everyday to make Richland County a better place to live, work and play.

Congratulations to our new Youth Arbitrators: Don Wilson, James Pitts, Monica Elkins- Johnson, Will Lewis, and Wanda Gamache.

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