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Home  |  News  |  Sheriff Leon Lott announces “Blue Lights on For Safety and Visibility”

Sheriff Leon Lott announces “Blue Lights on For Safety and Visibility”
Friday, April 12, 2013

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott continuously searches for innovative ways to fight crime; and with a passion for providing the most effective services possible, the Sheriff works to make Richland County a better place to live, work and play.

In his search for innovative, common sense approaches to policing the Sheriff has initiated a new policy for deputies. This new policy will apply to all marked patrol cars that simply requires the deputies to drive, day and night, with their stationary blue lights on at all times. For several years deputies have been required to drive with their headlights on at all times for visibility reasons. Now the deputies will also be required to drive with their blue lights on at all times.

This new approach to visible policing has never been done in South Carolina. The Sheriff knows that this may confuse a citizen and that is why it is so important for the Department to get the message out through community groups, churches and the media so that everyone understands why and how this will work.

Sheriff Leon Lott clarified, there is a difference between flashing blue lights and stationary blue lights – deputies will conduct traffic stops and proceeding to high priority calls for service using their flashing blue lights and sirens. When patrolling our communities the deputies will utilize their headlights and stationary blue lights at all times.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that in looking at large cities in the United States, and overseas, you will find that they have the same policy. They do so to increase the visibility of their officers so that communities will be safer. The Sheriff added the reason we are doing this is because we want everyone to know where we are and that we are in your communities. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that this will be just one additional simple approach to higher visibility and reducing crime.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the new policy will go into affect Friday April 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The Sheriff concluded that he will continue to search out the most professional and efficient policing strategies possible in an effort to improve the quality of life for ALL citizens.

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