Richland County Sheriff’s Department


Sheriff Earns Master’s Degree from Lander University

On Friday, August 12, 2016 Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott accomplished two years of work, satisfying all the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Emergency Management from Lander University, in Greenwood South Carolina.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott actually began taking classes one year prior to the historic flood of October 2015; the Sheriff was just about half way through when, “the Thousand Year Flood” struck Richland County.   This was a horrific time in the County as the Sheriff was at the forefront with other first responders in the search and rescue to search and recovery efforts.   The flood impacted our citizens and public safety tremendously; the ironic timing of the Flood impacted him personally, in his studies and in his leadership of the largest law enforcement agency in South Carolina. 

The Sheriff looks at public safety in a holistic way, not just as a cop.   He is constantly looking for ways to keep citizens safe during major crisis, and or issues such as natural disasters, and acts of terrorism that may occur. The Sheriff wants to minimize how disasters impact citizens and to reduce the loss of life. Having a master’s degree in Emergency Management provides the Sheriff with additional critical thinking skills when disaster strikes; and in preparing for it. The Sheriff knows that time is of the essence when it comes to responding to both natural and man-made disasters. The Sheriff understands and recognizes this, and continues to work to be proactive and improve how the department responds to critical incidents in our County. The Sheriff’s goal is to remain on the side of preparedness to help assist the citizens he serves wherever, and whenever needed.   

As we approach the anniversary of that historic flood, the Sheriff reminds us to be vigilant by staying prepared and following simple tips of having our families and businesses prepared could mean the difference in survival or becoming a victim.   The Sheriff asks all citizens to go to our website where a link to what you can do to be prepared @ www.rcsd.net .  You can also contact our Incident Management Team at sheriff@rcsd.net or our Community Action Team at 803-309-5070 to receive free safety and preparedness information or to request additional services. 

Sheriff Leon Lott is committed to continuing to work with public safety at the Federal, State and Local levels to ensure the Richland County Sheriff’s Department is prepared for whatever challenges will face our communities. 

September 02, 2016

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