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Home  |  News  |  Deputies win "Best Police Team"‏

Deputies win "Best Police Team"‏
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott believes that our Nation was created and built on the strength of our military and the commitment of our police forces to make our communities safe. The Sheriff knows that our service men and women have used the power of their bodies and minds to protect our Country from its enemies and that our military prides itself in training their minds and bodies to meet any challenge. Often, our Nation's law enforcement does not subscribe to this philosophy; nor do they constantly train their mind and body to be the professional they could be.

However, for the past sixteen years Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has had a passion for creating the most professional and the best educated and physically prepared Department. The Sheriff has implemented educational and fitness training/requirements for all deputies. The Sheriff’s belief is that a higher physical and mental standard is a journey and not a destination -- It is a constant evolving process.

Under this leadership, Richland County Deputies constantly strive to better themselves by training and competing against other law enforcement and the military. Today, two Richland County Deputies challenged themselves and represented Richland County in the Army’s annual “PFC Boyd Junior Top Cop Competition” held at Fort Jackson (PFC Boyd Junior was a Military Policeman who was killed in the line of duty).

Sheriff Leon Lott is proud to announce that Deputy Scott Puckett and Corporal George Norton received the “Best Civilian Police Team” award and that Deputy Puckett placed 3rd overall in the Soldier Category. The Sheriff stated that the award recognizes the winners of the two-day long competition; which is based on a point system. Sheriff Leon Lott added that Deputy Puckett and Corporal Norton competed and earned points in physical fitness trials, domestic violence and medical training and active shooting. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that in the Police Team category there were ten, two person teams from around South Carolina.

The Sheriff stated that the competition is both mentally and physically demanding – just like the day to day responsibilities of our men and women who wear the badge and work to make our communities safe. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that he is extremely proud of all of the personnel at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department who work every day to improve the quality of life in our communities – that both Deputy Scott Puckett and Corporal George Norton epitomize what every law enforcement professional should strive to become.

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