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Richland County Sheriff's Department
Tuesday April 5th, 2011 :: 05:15 p.m. EDT


Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott presented with the 2011 Richard Allen Award

Allen University held its 6th Annual Richard Allen Awards Gala benefiting the United Negro College Fund, Incorporated Friday, March 25, 2011 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

The Richard Allen Award was established to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society. Allen, a minister, educator, writer, and the founder in 1816 of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) and was the first bishop of the AME Church.

Sheriff Leon Lott received this distinguished honor as a result of his commitment to speaking out about the importance of education. Sheriff Leon Lott enjoys talking to our young adults about education and always lets them know, “education comes before success in the dictionary”. The Sheriff believes that education is key for our next generation of leaders.

Sheriff Leon Lott’ tireless efforts epitomize what it means to serve as a role model and advocate for scholastic and civic excellence. This supports the fact that he is a well deserved recipient of such an award.

Born in Aiken, South Carolina, in 1953, Sheriff Leon Lott attended the University of South Carolina - Aiken, earning an Associate Degree in Police Administration. He went on to attend the University of South Carolina - Columbia, earning a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and continued with graduate study for a Masters in Criminal Justice. Later, Sheriff Lott graduated from the FBI National Academy, FBI National Executive Institute, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Furman University's SC Diversity Leadership Academy.

Sheriff Lott came to the Richland County Sheriff's Department in 1975 as a patrol officer. He advanced thereafter to various positions, including Criminal Investigator, Narcotics Agent, Lieutenant and Captain of Narcotics Division, Administrative Captain, Uniform Patrol Captain, and Watch Commander. In 1993, Sheriff Lott took the position of Chief of Police of St. Matthews, SC.

In 1996, he made a successful run for Sheriff of Richland County. Upon taking office, Sheriff Lott turned the direction of the Department to Community Oriented Policing. The success that the Department has had in the community since that time can be measured by the civic and community oriented boards and committees that have asked for Sheriff Lott’s participation, to wit:
President - SC Law Enforcement Officers' Association
SC Correctional Association - Board of Directors
D.A.R.E. America - Board of Directors
Fight Crime- Invest in Kids - Advisory Committee, Washington, DC
Cooperative Ministry - Advisory Board
Communities in Schools - Advisory Board
Boy Scouts of America - Indian Waters Council - Board of Directors
SC Public Safety Coordinating Council - Chairman
SC Police Corps - Advisory Council
United Way - Local Government Division Chairman  
American Heart Association - Industry Leader Division
March of Dimes - Luxury Lockup - Chairman  
American Red Cross - Division Chair
SC Center for Family Policy - Board of Directors
SC Council for Conflict Resolution - Advisory Council  
Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Habitat for Humanity
University of South Carolina Alumni Association
University of South Carolina - Aiken Alumni Association
Spring Valley Rotary Club
Chapin Sertoma Club
Special Olympics - Board of Directors
National Safety Council
National Federation for the Blind
Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

SC Military Department - Colonel - Provost Marshal
American Legion Post 6 - Commander - S.A.L.
Retired Military Police Association
Employee Support for Guard and Reserve - Board of Directors
Association of the United States Army - Palmetto State Chapter

Shandon Masonic Lodge #370
Columbia York Rite
Columbia Scottish Rite
National Sojourners - Ft. Jackson Post 184

2007 Order of the Palmetto
2006 Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce, Community Service Award
2004 "SC Sheriff of the Year"
2004 "Strom Thurmond Award of Excellence in Law Enforcement"
2004 SC Law Enforcement Officers' Association - "Toughest Cop"
2004 SC Vocational Rehabilitation Association - "Citation for Individual Contributions" (accessibility rights for people with disabilities)
2002 Palmetto Pride (SC Governor's Beautification and Litter Control Program) - "Outstanding Leadership in Litter Enforcement"
2002 SC Victim Assistance Network - "Silver Scales of Justice"
2001 Indian Waters Council - Boy Scouts of America - "Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award"
2001 Martin Luther King, Jr. - "Drum Major for Justice Award"
2000 Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce - "Athena Award"
2000 SC Association of School Resource Officers - "President's Award"
2000 SC Association of Crime Prevention Officers - "Administrator of the Year"
1999 "Carolina's Toughest Cop"
1989 SC Law Enforcement Officers' Association - "Officer of the Year"
1986 Columbia Jaycees "Young Officer of the Year"
Sheriff Lott, a member of the First Baptist Church of Columbia, is married and has four daughters.

Richland County Sheriff's Department
5623 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC 29223

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 803-576-3000

Chris Cowan
Community Service Division

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