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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Sheriff Leon Lott announcing the 2011 the “Guardian’s of the Night K9-5K” Run/Walk. This first ever event is part of this years Pre-National Night Out event, on Saturday July 30, 2011.

Sheriff Leon Lott says the K9 5K & the Fight Against Crime will begin at 7:30 AM in front of the Plex Indoor Sports and will finish at the fountain in the Town Center Commons. This is a certified race course and chip timing will be used for scoring. At the end of the race, there will be the kick-start of the National Night Out Against Crime which is Tuesday August 2, 2011. Citizens can expect fun activities for the entire family; food, exhibits, entertainment, demonstrations and hundreds of crime prevention tips and tools during the kick off event.

The purpose of the K-9 Unit is to provide the citizens of Richland County with trained police service dogs to help locate illegal narcotics, apprehend fleeing felons, detect explosive devices and find lost/missing persons. To accomplish this, the unit utilizes thirteen police service dogs. At present the unit has 15 Belgian Malinois, two Bloodhounds and one Dutch Shepherd . All of our dogs except the Bloodhounds are dual purpose dogs, meaning they are trained in two or more of the following areas: narcotics, tracking, apprehension and/or explosives. Each dog has proven on numerous occasions to be an asset to the department and the community.

Each dog must be trained and certified in its particular duties. All training is conducted by the unit’s handlers and trainer several times a week. Richland County has one of the most respected and successful K-9 Units in the state.

Sheriff Leon Lott says National Night Out is designed to encourage communities to interact with each other, interact with law enforcement and to send the message to the criminals that we will not tolerate their behavior; that we are “Building Unity in the Community” in Richland County.

The “Guardian’s of the Night K9-5K” Run/Walk is being professionally managed by Strictly Running of Columbia, and is being organized by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit. The entry fee before July 22nd is $25.00, after July 22nd it's $30.00. All proceeds benefit the Richland County Sheriff's Department K9 Unit. To register, you can click the Strictly Running logo above or for information contact Sgt. Kevin Hoover at 803-309-9413 or khoover@rcsd.net.

Sheriff Leon Lott is excited about the partnership with the Village at Sandhill and our Citizens for the National Night Out Kick-Off on July 30, 2011. Mr. Alan Kahn of the Village at Sandhill, "stated that corporate community partnerships are tremendously important to improving our over all quality of life and safety. Mr. Alan Kahn added that the National Night Out kickoff, on July 30th at the Village, will demonstrate the cooperation between Richland County Sheriff's Department and the Village at Sandhill in improving our community."

Sheriff Leon Lott states that National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts; it was felt that a high-profile, high-impact type of crime prevention event was needed.. National Night Out is a time for neighborhoods to fellowship and to unify for a great cause, but it is also a time to evaluate your neighborhood in order to determine what things can be improved to make it safer. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is prepared to assist each community with making it safer and to reducing crime overall in the community.

The Sheriff’s Department also provides security analysis of your home or business for FREE. The Community Action Team will come out and conduct a security check on your home or business and provide you with tips to make your home or business safer.

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