Richland County Sheriff's Department
The Richland County Sheriff's Department (RCSD) is the agency charged with the law enforcement for the unincorporated areas of Richland County, South Carolina, USA. Since 1997, the agency has been led by Sheriff Leon Lott. The RCSD employs 700 sworn deputies.
|Richland County Sheriff's Department|
The RCSD was formed in 1787, two years after Richland County's formation. The first sheriff was Joel McLemore, and he had only one deputy. The RCSD slowly grew to several deputies providing law enforcement services to the county. However, because of the jurisdictional conflict between the local rural police and constables, South Carolina and Richland County prior to 1861 were a lawless domain.
The RCSD was also one the first departments in the U.S. to be followed by Live PD, a television series that shows the work of law-enforcement officers in real-time, unedited. They remain as a regular department on the show today.
Fallen Deputies and K9sEdit
As of December 12, 2017, the RCSD has six fallen deputies and one fallen K9, for a total of seven fallen members.
|Rank and Name||Date||Cause of Death|
|Deputy Sheriff Allen F. Bennett||June 20, 1953||Gunfire|
|Deputy Sheriff John Mark Dial||April 17, 1992||Vehicular assault|
|Deputy Sheriff Edward Joseph Alva||December 24, 1992||Accidental Gunfire|
|Deputy Sheriff (Narcotics Officer) Donnie Reno Washington||October 16, 2003||Automobile crash|
|Deputy Sheriff Byron Keith Cannon||May 4, 2005||Automobile crash|
|Deputy Sheriff Darral Keith Lane||December 14, 2007||Heart attack|
|K9 Fargo||December 16, 2011||Gunfire|