Community News - RCSD services to protect youth
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Sheriff Leon Lott’s passion is to have the most efficient and effective law enforcement agency. The Sheriff also has a vision for creating and maintaining services that prevent crime, capture criminals and protect our youth.
To this end, the Sheriff has recently hired a Deputy to be the Emergency Protective Custody Coordinator. This new service is being conducted by Deputy Elizabeth Dickman. Deputy Dickman moved to South Carolina in 2011 to receive her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina and has been with Victims Services since August 2013. During her time at USC she quickly realized that she had an extreme interest in the combination of mental health and criminal justice, which led to her internship with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department; she worked with struggling freshmen in high school and the Family Solutions Program at RCSD. During that time there was an ever growing demand for an EPC contact person to help carry the work for deputies in order to get them back to their primary tasks. In being aware of that, Sheriff Leon Lott recognized Deputy Dickman’s interests and hard working personality and knew the EPC Coordinator position was a perfect fit for her and the Department.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that as the EPC Coordinator, Deputy Dickman’s role is to be available around the clock for all deputies to use as a resource for EPC assistance only after the deputy has made the call on declaring it an EPC case. Her functions include contacting/handling the Department of Social Services, responding to the scene, transporting the children, and following up with the case in court proceedings. However, all deputies are to keep in mind that deciding whether or not to contact Deputy Dickman for assistance is entirely up to them and is not a requirement.
The Sheriff added that Deputy Dickman is presently assigned to the Victim’s Services Division of the Department and her office is located 1931 Pineview Road, Columbia SC 29209.
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