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Published on June 9th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Sheriff Partners with CPD Chief to bring together Gang Units

Pictured above; Chief William “Skip” Holbrook and Sheriff Leon Lott signing a formal agreement

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and Chief William “Skip” Holbrook, Columbia Police Department announced a partnership between the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Gang Unit and the Columbia Police Department Gang Unit. Personnel with the Richland County Sheriff’s department, officers with the City of Columbia Police Department, Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center officers, U.S. Attorney General’s office, and the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office all joined the Sheriff and Chief as the agreement in collaboration was announced. The Sheriff stated that this is a show of unity and a collaborative effort of the teamwork, and unity between the agencies.

Sheriff Leon Lott and Chief William “Skip” Holbrook signed a formal agreement on Friday, June 06, 2014 to make the partnership official at the now RCSD/CPD Gang Unit facility located at 1535 D Broad River Road. The Sheriff stated that the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Columbia Police Department Gang Unit’s will now be working together to better serve the citizens of Richland County and the City of Columbia . The Sheriff stated that citizens benefit more when agencies team up and work together rather than separate. The Sheriff added that gangs impact everyone in the community; making a joint effort in getting rid of gangs necessary. The Sheriff stated that this partnership is strictly about working together to combat gangs and gang violence. Chief Holbrook stated that the partnership with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department is a great example of teamwork and how committed we are to protecting our citizens.

The Gang Unit’s Mission is to eradicate gang activity through expanding the knowledge of the Citizen, Law Enforcement, Teachers and School Administrators. It is their job to collect information on Gangs, track Gang activity, conduct gang awareness classes and assist the Criminal Investigation Division with Gang related crimes. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the Sheriff’s Department will continue to build partnerships in the community to improve the quality of life for ALL citizens.

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