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RCSD Lieutenant recognized - 2012 TWINS Award Presented‏
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is proud to announce that Lieutenant Anna Cavanagh has been award the 2012 TWIN Award.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Lieutenant Anna Cavanagh was presented the TWIN Award in the government category on Friday November 9, 2012 because she distinguishes herself every day through professionalism and is a leader inside the Department and the Community.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Lieutenant Anna Cavanagh is someone who sets standards of excellence, leads by examples of professionalism and commitment and is personally setting a precedent in the criminal justice field and specifically in Crime Scene discipline. Her actions and contributions are solving crime, bringing closure to victims and improving the efficiency and moral of the Sheriff’s Department.

The Sheriff added that until more recent years, women in the field of Criminal Justice have not been as prevalent as men -- that women have been forging new ground in law enforcement and many are taking leadership roles and setting high standards for others to follow.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that one such woman, who continually contributes to the law enforcement profession, is Anna Cavanagh. She leads the Sheriff’s Departments Crime Scene Unit and has contributed to the Department’s Laboratory and Crime Scene Unit successfully becoming Nationally Accredited – no other Crime Scene Unit in SC is accredited; nor are we aware of one that is run by a woman. The Sheriff stated that her success within her field has the respect of her subordinates and peers; while her standards of excellence have completely revamped the operations of the Unit. Anna rewrote the policies and procedures for the Crime Scene Unit. Anna leads by example and is always at the front of the line working long hours on cases to bring closure to victims and capturing criminals. The full impact she is having on the profession goes toward improved moral because of her leadership style, goes toward her efforts in continually looking for better ways to solve crime and apprehend fugitives and goes toward her relentless efforts to bettering herself and the profession. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the proof is that she:

· Graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS in Psychology and a BS in Biology

· Masters Degree in Forensic DNA and Serology from the University of Florida (4.0 GPA)

· Wrote/implemented the current policies and procedures for the Crime Scene/Latent Print Section

· Facilitated the ASCLD accreditation of the Crime Scene/Latent Print Section

· An ASCLD assessor for the accreditation of other laboratories

· Certified Crime Scene Investigator through the International Association for Identification

· FBI National Academy Graduate

· CISM Peer Team member

· Competitor World Tri-Fitness, Age group Grace & Physique winner

· CrossFit Instructor and Gym owner

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that through professionalism, passion, vision and commitment Lieutenant Anna Cavanagh performs our mission every day by working long hours, by having commitment and dedication, that is second to none, and by her relentless pursuit of excellence and justice on behalf of our victim’s of crime.

The TWIN Awards “honoring women of achievement” speaks of a woman who demonstrates:

· Excellence

· Contributes to community

· Contributes to education

· Community Service

· Excellence in improved health and wellness of woman

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that those qualities perfectly describe Lieutenant Anna Cavanagh and he is proud of her for the dedication she exhibits everyday and for her receiving this prestigious award.

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