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Home  |  News  |  10 year anniversary = $4,895,158 in revenue and $47,779 in fines generated‏

10 year anniversary = $4,895,158 in revenue and $47,779 in fines generated‏
Thursday, November 29, 2012

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Ten years of service by The Sheriff’s Department Handicap Parking Patrol creates greater public awareness and generates funds.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott works diligently to create awareness and solutions to all issues that face our communities. Ten years ago the Sheriff created the Handicap Parking Patrol to deal with one such issue; one facing disabled citizens when non-handicap persons parked in their parking spaces illegally. The program has identified 4,200 violators.

As the handicap parking program became extremely affective in dealing with this issue, the Sheriff saw a need to expand their responsibilities to identify those who failed to register their vehicle tags and to pay property taxes on their cars.  

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that due to the hard work of three part time employees and twenty-five trained citizen volunteers the program has seen a tremendous decrease in handicap parking violators and increased revenue for the county by nearly $5 million. The Sheriff credits the volunteers who patrol our communities searching for violators and the increased awareness of our citizens for the decrease in violations and the increased revenue.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that with the success of the Handicap Parking Patrol (in decreasing violations and in generating such a large amount of money for the County) the need for more volunteers exists. If citizens would like to volunteer to be part of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Handicap Parking Patrol they can call Sergeant Berry Brown at 803-576-3183.

Handicap Parking Patrol by the numbers:

· Started 2002

· Three part time employees

· 25 trained citizen volunteers

· Handicap Parking cases = 4200

· Handicap Parking fines = $47,779

· Expired Tag Program, started 2004

· Expired Tags identified = 34,647

· Revenue Generated = $4,895,158

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that he will continue to search for innovative programs that improve the quality of life for all citizens – programs and services that help make Richland County a better place to live, work and play.

Citizens can access important information about crime prevention, free safety training and community resources at:

· Website: www.rcsd.net Twitter: http://twitter.com/RCSD

· Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RichlandCountySheriffsDepartment.fb

· Facebook Teens: https://www.facebook.com/RCSDTeens
•Tumblr: http://sheriffleonlott.tumblr.com/

· Sheriff's BLOG: http://sheriffleonlott.blogspot.com/

· YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/RCSDSheriffLeonLott

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