Sheriff Graduates 17 New “Ambassadors of goodwill and understanding” for RCSD
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott would like to congratulate the newest ambassadors of goodwill and understanding from the RCSD Citizens Academy Program. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the newest group of graduates, 17 citizens, received their certificates of completion Thursday evening, November 21, 2013. During a special graduation ceremony Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott presented each with their certificates of completion; successfully completing 14 weeks of classes that provided them with a "behind the scenes look" at just some of what the Sheriff's Department does on a daily basis to protect its citizens.
Participants met one evening a week for 14 weeks. They citizens were afforded the opportunity to get up close and personal with various duties carried out by the Sheriff’s Department, learning about virtually every aspect of the Department: training, administration, civil process, patrol operations, traffic enforcement, code enforcement, community relations, K-9, SRT demo, crime scene investigations, and many other areas.
Several graduates of the academy said they were surprised how open the Sheriff’s Department was with participants of the academy and were surprised by how much they learned. Graduates stated that they now have a greater awareness and appreciation of the difficult challenges and decisions a deputy sheriff faces every day.
Richland County Sheriff Leon states the program does not produce citizens trained in law enforcement. It does give citizens an opportunity to learn more about the duties and responsibilities of their Sheriff’s Department and to give them first-hand knowledge of what our deputies do on a daily basis. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the citizens academy program allows us to debunk some of the myths of law enforcement and it opens a channel of communication between the citizens and the Sheriff’s Department; providing them a better understanding of our role – and theirs. The Sheriff added that the Department cannot be successful if citizens don’t have the opportunity to understand our services and programs and just as important is for citizens to be able to provide input into how and what we do. The Sheriff stated that the citizens academy program allows us to make citizens ambassadors of our department that can help spread our programs, services and prevention information – being ambassadors of goodwill for the Deputies and Department.
Sheriff Leon Lott is proud of the Department’s accomplishments and always looks forward to sharing them with our community. Sheriff Leon Lott believes community involvement is a powerful force the Department has in the fight against crime. Through the Citizens Academy, citizens become more involved in making Richland County a better place to live, work and play.
For more information or if to submit an application for the next RCSD Citizens' Academy, visit http://www.rcsd.net/prog/citizenacademy.htm. During the program, classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. The final session is a ride-along with on-duty deputies.
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