Located in the heart of South Carolina, Richland County is home to Columbia, the Capital City, six universities and colleges, the nation's largest military training base and a pristine array of lakes, rivers, forests and parks. Richland County covers 756 square miles and has a population of over 384,000* making it the second most populous county in South Carolina.
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 600 uniformed officers and 140 non-sworn personnel, making it one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the State.
It is the mission of the Richland County Sheriff's Department to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Richland County by:
maintaining a high standard of professional accountability,
reducing the fear of crime,
and reducing the fear of retaliation from those persons who constitute the criminal element within the county
This mission will be accomplished through the collaborative efforts of the Sheriff's Department and the community, by employing effective Community Policing strategies and problem-solving techniques, supported by aggressive enforcement of Federal, State and Local Laws.