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Home  |  News  |  CAT has new home in the Village at Sandhill‏

CAT has new home in the Village at Sandhill‏
Monday, April 9, 2012

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - During a press conference today and ribbon cutting ceremony, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, Mr. Alan Kahn and Mr. Jeffrey Harper, General Manager the Village at Sandhill proudly announced a new home for the Sheriff’s Department’s Community Action Team.

The Community Action Team, community members, Richland County Councilman Jim Manning and the Village at Sandhill staff joined the Sheriff, Mr. Kahn and Mr. Harper to commemorate this exciting news and to discuss the long standing partnership between the Sheriff’s Department and the Village that has led to the Team’s new home.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the Community Action Team members work day in and day out to build relationships in the community that will improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. The partnership with the Village is an example of one relationship that will do just that by putting the CAT Deputies directly into their areas.

In 1996 Sheriff Leon Lott created the Department’s Community Action Team (C.A.T.) -- a group of 14 specialized, highly trained officers with the mission to create partnerships, prevent crime and develop crime reduction strategies. The CAT objective is to improve the quality of life in our communities and solve problems. Through the leadership of Sheriff Leon Lott, the Community Action Team has organized 350 Neighborhood and Business Crime Watch organizations and are constantly working to empower our citizens.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the C.A.T. Program (created for the sole purpose of “Building Unity in the Community”) stands ready to partner with every community and business in Richland County. CAT members are trained to provide FREE safety education, training and resources that will help reduce your chances of becoming the victim of a crime.

The C.A.T. program is far more than an extension of law enforcement; by using community oriented policing methods, each Region of Richland County has been assigned specific officers (see chart below). In turn, these officers attend community meetings, and gather information about their particular areas and the area's special needs. The goals set by Sheriff Lott are for the CAT Deputies to act upon are education, awareness and enforcement. The CAT Deputies are also tasked with being a liaison between the community and the diverse divisions within the Sheriff’s Department (Forensic Science, Investigation, Narcotics, Patrol ect.) so that they too can function in the best interests of the individual communities.

It is also the mission of the C.A.T. program to develop long term solutions for all neighborhoods and citizens of Richland County. This includes things as simple as conducting FREE home and business security surveys, to developing strategies for ridding areas of criminals.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that C.A.T. members, through constant, reliable participation in community activities become well known to community leaders, civic and religious groups, and other neighborhood organizations. They become a trusted, dependable advocate for their community. The Sheriff added that the goal of the entire C.A.T. program is to give law enforcement its most powerful tool – “Unity in the Community”.

“Village at Sandhill is proud to continue its cooperative relationship with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department,” said Village at Sandhill General Manager, Jeff Harper. “ Working together in locating the RCSD Community Action Team office at Village at Sandhill is just another way we’ve been able to work jointly in creating a better community. We couldn’t be happier.”

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