International Days in Richland County
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Sheriff Leon Lott believes that no matter how old you are education comes before success and at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department this holds very true. The Sheriff states that because of the diversity that is Richland County we must constantly strive to stay informed on the different cultures and beliefs that exist in our communities. Sheriff Leon Lott believes that law enforcement must continue to search for innovation, creative and effective ways to perform our duties to the citizens of Richland County.
To this end the Sheriff communicates, partners and works closely with many different state, federal and international law enforcement. Two of those partnerships are with the Queensland Police Service and the German Police Service. The Sheriff stated that this week the Queensland Police Service will be sharing dynamic and strategic leadership training with the supervisors of the Department and the German Police will be training with the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Response Team.
The Sheriff lives by the adage that knowledge is power, and that the best way to build the strongest Sheriff’s Department is to collect as much knowledge as possible from all areas of the world. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that he sees the importance in also sharing, what we’re doing right here in Richland County, with other law enforcement agencies and governments; to help them implement successful strategies and procedures. The Sheriff stated that he has a vision and passion for creating the best communities and the only way to do this by constantly striving to improve.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that for years we have been exchanging knowledge and expertise with other law enforcement agencies in the United States and beyond; sharing information, resources and ideas with places like Israel, Germany, Iraq, Australia, Sweden, England, India and Korea. The Sheriff stated that during travels there and their travel here (which are more often than not, are without expense to our taxpayers) your Department personnel share our philosophies and operations and how we continue to create “Unity in the Community”. The Sheriff stated that we also gain a vast understanding of just how small the world really is and how important it is to stay in tune with our diverse citizens here at home. The Sheriff also stated that he is proud to say that many of the procedures we follow (in areas including public relations, crime prevention, forensic science, special response and investigation) are due in part to the exchanges with other areas of the world.
Sheriff’s Department personnel have made many trips to overseas communities – with groups like Rotary International paying for some, while others are paid for by the participating exchange agencies or private citizens.
As your Sheriff, I understand that there are people all over the world doing things we can learn from and that knowledge is not only obtained during a trip to visit another agency. That’s why, during these trips, we are staying in people’s homes - spending time learning about them and their culture. Richland County is a very diverse place and through these experiences we are able to provide specified services to all of the different ethnicities and demographics within our communities here in Richland County.
As your Sheriff, I see these exchanges as a way for my vision, commitment and passion for Richland County to grow. As I work every day to better serve you, I will strive to create “Unity in every Community” by providing the best trained officers that will be able to help everyone in this diverse County and around the world. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department will “Build Unity in the Community through Professionalism, Passion, Vision and Commitment”.
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