Capt. Vince Goggins

Lt. Rafael Gonzalez

Staff Sgt. Kelvin Griffin


Gang Task Force

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has led the charge against illegal gangs and gang activity in the State of SC for almost 2 decades.  In 2014, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department was awarded a federal grant to aide in its existing efforts of deterring and dismantling violent street gangs.  As a result the Midlands Gang Task Force (MGTF) was formed.  The MGTF encompasses a partnership between multiple agencies in an effort to; combine resources, expand communication, increase productivity and decrease duplication of efforts.  The MGTF is manned by several full time investigators (various agencies), College/University Police, gang analyst, SC Probation, Pardon & Parole agent, State/Local corrections officers and a designated prosecutor from the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office. The MGTF monitors, tracks and pursues violent gang members through sustained, proactive, coordinated “intelligence lead” investigations to obtain state and/or federal prosecution. 

These efforts are supplemented by community involvement/partnership and educational gang awareness classes that are taught free of charge to the public, all of which are proven best practices in deterring gang membership and producing a reduction in criminal gang activity.

Gang activity affects the whole community. It does not recognize fences, borders or city limits. Gang activity in one part of town affects the quality of life and sense of security for the entire community. (Sheriff Lott – 2014).

To schedule a class please send your request to:
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Attn: Sheriff Leon Lott
5623 Two Notch Rd
Columbia, South Carolina 29223

You can also email your request to

To contact us call: (803) 576-3059

Sr. Inv. Chavis Hall

Inv. Marie Morris

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Columbia, South Carolina 29223 
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