Crime & Courts

Sheriff's department adds district to patrol growing Northeast

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.

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

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