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Home  |  News  |  Sheriff unveils new symbol of C.A.T.‏

Sheriff unveils new symbol of C.A.T.‏
Friday, May 4, 2012

 
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the Community Action Team Program (created in 1998 for the sole purpose of gaining the trust back from citizens and “Building Unity in the Community”) stands ready to partner with every community and business in Richland County – now with armed with a new symbol of their mission.

For the last 15 years the Community Action Team has increased the number of crime watches in Richland County from 17 to over 350, has suppressed crime, captured criminals and worked with citizens in building safer neighborhoods and business communities. Armed with a new symbol, the 2012 Dodge Challenger, your 15 CAT Deputies will continue to build relationships, build crime prevention programs and fight crime – all to improve the quality of life for our citizens.

The Sheriff unveiled the new Dodge Challengers today and put them on patrol -- presenting them to the CAT Deputies and the community. The Sheriff stated that the cars are designed to be a unique symbol for all to recognize; whether criminal or citizen. Sheriff Leon Lott added that the Dodge Challengers presented today are the first ones used in law enforcement and will be highly unique.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department CAT Team members are assigned throughout the County to work with ALL citizens and are able to provide FREE safety education, training and resources that will help reduce your chances of becoming the victim of a crime. Please call your CAT Team at 803-576-3191 or go to www.rcsd.net for more information.

The Sheriff added that his vision is for all communities to have a crime watch; for all citizens to partner with and communicate with the Sheriff’s Department on a regular basis. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that he is passionate for providing each and every citizen with the tools necessary to prevent you from becoming the victim of a crime. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that you should not hesitate to contact him or any one of the Community Action Team Deputies.

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 Community Action Team (C.A.T.) are a group of 15 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 is 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. 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”

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