The Richland County Sheriff's Department announced today that it has created a seventh patrol district to better serve the growing Northeast.
A temporary office is now set up at the BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina building on Percival Road. However, a permanent location will be located on Screaming Eagle Road, officials said.
The office will have 24 employees, according to a press release.
The addition of a patrol district was made possible after five years of planning and cooperation from local leaders, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said.
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State Sen. Joel Lourie, state Reps. Jimmy Bales and Joe McEachern, County Councilwoman Val Hutchinson, Susan Brill and the Waste Management Corp. all had a hand in securing both the personnel; the land, which was donated; and the facility at a cost of $100,000.
The new District 7 became operational Jan. 17.
-- From Staff Reports