Richland County Sheriff’s Department


Community Members Graduate from Citizens Academy

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is proud to announce that on Thursday, March 30, 2017, 19 members of the community graduated from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Citizens Academy Program. The group of graduates received their certificates Thursday evening after successfully completing the programs 14 week course which provided them with a special look inside the Department and all of its services and different units.

The graduates, new Ambassadors of RCSD, met one evening each week with an instructor who would thoroughly teach about what each division of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department does and how they operate. Some examples of classes include: training, administration, civil process, patrol operations, traffic enforcement, code enforcement, community relations, K-9, SRT and crime scene investigations. The final class even includes a ride-along with on-duty deputies. These new ambassadors are asked to go out into the community and tell others about the great services RCSD offers.

Sheriff Leon Lott states that this program allows for citizens to become knowledgeable about the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and what really goes into being part of a law enforcement agency. Sheriff Leon Lott added that a more informed citizen is better citizen. Sheriff Leon Lott is always looking for ways to include the community in what we do every day to make Richland County a better place to live, work and play.

For additional information or to submit an application for the next RCSD Citizens’ Academy, visit During the program duration, classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. 



March 31, 2017

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Columbia, South Carolina 29223 
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