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About the Richland County Sheriff’s Department

The Richland County Sheriff's Department is built on the cornerstone of a rich and proud law enforcement tradition that spans over 200 years. The Department currently employs over 550 uniformed officers and 140 non-sworn personnel, making it one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the State.


The largest division in the Richland County Sheriff’s Department is the Uniform Division.  It consists of five units: Community Services; Regions (geographic patrol and investigation services); Special Operations; Special Services; and Warrants/Fugitives.


Within the Special Operations Units of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department is the Special Response Team (SRT).  The SRT “involves two dedicated seven-person teams.  A member of the Medic Team will accompany each entry team in high-risk operations or when deemed necessary by the SRT Commander.  The current members of the RCSD SRT have been trained to address barricaded suspects, hostage scenarios, high risk warrants, engage in active counter measures, crowd control, and hostile environmental situations.  All SRT operators are required to be Hazardous Material Technicians to better serve the populous in the ever-changing threats to our country.  All SRT operators are members of the Richland County COBRA (Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological) response team.  Because of the threat of explosives, chemical hazards or spills, or biological release, training has become paramount to be able to respond to these threats.  All operators must be cross-trained to be able to perform all duties in the entry team organization.”




Selected book from a Richland County Sheriff's Department deputy sheriff.

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