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Capt. Rachel Flowers

Capt. Rachel Flowers was born in Tucson, Arizona and was raised in Southern California, until her family moved to Lexington in 1989. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Southern Wesleyan University. After graduating with an Associate Degree from Anderson College, where she was a dual sport athlete (softball and volleyball), she began her law enforcement career in 1996 with the Cayce Department of Public Safety as a public safety officer (police/fire). In 1998, she joined the Lexington Police Department where she worked as a shift Sergeant, Bike Patrol Unit supervisor, and a Training Instructor. In 2001, she joined RCSD as a patrol deputy and began to work in the Training Division in 2002. Capt. Flowers has always had a passion for teaching and is honored to be able to integrate this passion into her career.

Lt. Zane Padgett

Lt. Zane Padgett

Lt. Dominick Pagano

Lieutenant Dominick Pagano served in the United States Army with the 82nd Airborne Division as a Parachute Infantryman, completing two overseas tours and multiple campaigns.  After completing active duty, Dominick served several more years in the Army Reserves. Dominick Pagano is currently a lieutenant and the senior law enforcement training instructor with the department.  Because of his prior experience and training, Dominick was assigned to the department’s Special Response Team early in his career.  Dominick has served for many years as a senior Special Response Team operator on the team responding to numerous critical incidents.  Dominick is currently the Tactical Commander for the Special Response Team and holds over 40 instructor ratings. 


Dominick still proudly serves his country as a First Sergeant with the South Carolina State Guard where he is the Training and Operations Supervisor for the Provost Marshal Command.  Dominick has personally trained thousands of military, law enforcement, fire, EMS, civilian and private sector personnel. Dominick has lectured and taught throughout the country on active shooter response and advanced law enforcement special operations. 


Dominick has also conducted extensive worked with schools, colleges and places of worship throughout the country. Dominick has conducted numerous training sessions for schools on preventing violent attacks and training on use of the incident command system during emergencies. Dominick has also provided multiple infrastructure vulnerability analyses for large corporations.

In addition to his law enforcement experience, Dominick also has vast experience in dignitary protection. Dominick has served as detail leader for multiple high-profile dignitaries and celebrities throughout the world.  Dominick most recently served as detail leader for the Medal of Honor convention in Charleston, South Carolina.


Dominick has a degree in dietary fitness and nutrition. Dominick actively maintains more than 70 law enforcement and self-defense certifications, with more than 40 instructor ratings.  Dominick has extensive training and certifications in active shooter response, asymmetric warfare and advanced security operations. Dominick has received numerous awards and commendations throughout his law enforcement and military career.

Sgt. Larry Croft

Sgt. Larry Croft’s law enforcement career began in 1990 with South Carolina Department of Public Safety. In 1991 he joined the Camden Police Department as a patrolman, during the time he was with them served as a Patrol Sergeant and Department Instructor. He joined the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in 2003. During his time with the Sheriff’s Department served as a member of Uniform Division, Community Action Team (CAT), Bike Patrol, and Field Training Program. He joined Training Division Staff in 2009. Sergeant Croft holds many certifications through the Criminal Justice Academy, Sabre OC, Taser International, S.P.E.A.R Tactical Systems, F.E.M.A Active Shooter Instructor, Advance Active Shooter Instructor, and (Paramilitary Attack/Counter Offensive Planning).

Corporal Trobathian Johnson

Corporal Trobathian “T.J.” Johnson is a native of Fort Lauderdale Florida. His law enforcement career began in 2006 with SC Department of Mental Health Public Safety. Trobathian joined the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in February of 2007. During his time with the Sheriff’s Department, he has worked as a School Resource Officer, Patrol Officer in Region 3, and Master Deputy in Region 1. Trobathian joined the Training Division in October of 2015 and currently serves as the New Hire Coordinator and Field Training Program Manager. His certifications include:  Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response, Taser Instructor, Oleoresin Capsicum Instructor, Stop Stick instructor, Ground Defense Instructor, Specific Skills Instructor, FN15 Armorer, FNSCAR 17 Armorer, Mobile Field Force Operations, Chemical and Impact Munitions, and Hostage/Crisis Negotiator. Trobathian has been awarded the Sheriff’s Life Saving award, Richland County Sheriff’s Department 2015 Deputy of the year, South Carolina Sheriff’s Association Medal of Valor, and received a State of S.C. Resolution recognizing him for heroism. Trobathian is a proud member of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated.

Corporal Deputy III George Medlock

Corporal Deputy III George Medlock

After leaving the military attended Georgia Southern University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Medlock served in Vietnam with the United States Marine Corps. He served the Sheriff’s Department for 9 years as a Reserve Deputy before taking a part time position in 2011 and then transitioning to full time with the Training Division in 2012. He also serves as member of the SRT support team and with the SC State Guard Provost Marshal Detachment in training and field operations.

Training includes; Combat Casualty Care, Personal Protection Training, Response to Multiple Incidents, Advanced Tactical Rifle, LE Shotgun, First Responder, Response to Multiple Incidents (Terrorist Actions), Glock, FN SCAR and P-90 Armorer,

Fields of instruction for RCSD include ASP handcuffing and baton and TASER Instructor, firearms, ground defense, active shooter, Officer Survival, S.P.E.A.R., spontaneous knife defense and weapon retention/ disarming.

Also instructs in NRA firearms, Personal Protection Courses, SC CWP and Utah CFP.

Instructor David Black

Instructor David Black has served in law enforcement for 37 years; for 18 as an instructor at the SC Criminal Justice Academy and presently for the RCSD Training Division. This has enabled him to share his accumulated knowledge and expertise with both new and experienced officers.

Instructor Steve Hubbard

Instructor Steve Hubbard began his law enforcement service in 1996 as a SC State Constable and served with many law enforcement agencies throughout the state. While a State Constable he served as a training Sergeant and a member of their Special Response team (SRT). He participated in numerous dignitary protection details for visitors to South Carolina including celebrities, presidential candidates, US Senators, Governors and POTUS.

In 1996 he attained NRA Pistol Instructor Certification and SLED Concealed Weapon Permit Instructor Certification and has been teaching firearms courses since that time. He is the primary RCSD instructor for CWP classes.

In 2001 he became one of the original Reserve Deputies at Richland County Sheriff’s Department. In 2003 he became the first Richland County Reserve Deputy to serve as a firearms instructor and range safety officer for in-house departmental training. He was appointed to the Reserve Deputy Board in 2003 and still serves in that capacity. In 2004 he became the first RCSD Reserve Deputy to obtain Ft. Jackson Range Control OIC and Range Safety Officer certification. He has been part of the RCSD team conducting interagency training at that site on numerous occasions.

In 2007 he received provisional instructor status from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy to assist with in-service training for RCSD. He currently assists with both in-service and Reserve Deputy Basic training. He holds instructor certifications in Firearms, OC, Taser and CWP and has also taught courses in Radio Communications and Prisoner Control and Transport. In 2008 he was selected as the RCSD Reserve Deputy of the year.

Instructor Hubbard has served in the South Carolina State Guard since 2006. He currently serves as the NRA Chief Range Safety Officer for the Special Operations Command of the State Guard. He was promoted to the SCSG rank of MAJ in 2015 and has received numerous SCSG awards and citations for his service.

Instructor Danny Kirkland

Instructor Danny Kirkland

Instructor Bill McKinzie

Instructor Bill McKinzie joined the Sheriff's Department in December 2001. He developed the Department Auxiliary Manpower Program of 100 plus officers (Reserve Deputies and State Constables). Also, he developed and coordinates the Sheriff's Leadership Development Program, which received the SCLEOA Santee Cooper "Award of Excellence" 2008.

His law enforcement career has been extensive and he is now retired from the SC Criminal Justice Academy and the USAF Reserve. He graduated from The Citadel (BA), the University of South Carolina (MCJ), and Midlands Technical College (AA). He is a Distinguished Graduate of several training schools and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Bill instructs courses in the Sheriff's Leadership Institute in the Training Division.

Instructor Philip Prynne

Instructor Philip Prynne is a Senior Reserve Deputy and Instructor. He spent over 8 years in the Navy in electronics and also with Naval Special Warfare.  He became a part time employee in 1997 with Richland County Search and Rescue teaching SAR Operations,  Land Navigation, Wilderness Survival, and Rope Rescue Operations. He is also a RCSD Citizens Academy Alumni. In 2003 he became a Reserve Deputy and is a current board member and instructor. He is currently a Handgun/Shotgun/Patrol Rifle Instructor, OC Instructor, Chemical Munitions, Distraction Devices, Explosive Breeching, Less Lethal, Taser X26 Instructor, PPCT- Defensive Tactics and Spontaneous Knife Defense (SKD) Instructor and a Glock Armorer. He is also a Sergeant in the S.C. State Guard Caisson Detachment that honors the military and law enforcement officers at funerals throughout the state of South Carolina.

Instructor Patricia R. Meyer

Instructor Patricia R. Meyer is a Senior Reserve Deputy and Instructor. She began her law enforcement service in 2002 as a member of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Posse. She was recruited into the RCSD Reserve Deputy program in 2003 and was commissioned as a law enforcement officer in 2004.  In 2005 she attained adjunct instructor certification from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and has served as a legal instructor in the Richland County Sheriff’s Department training division since that time. She teaches approximately 20 topics in the areas of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. In 2006 she was appointed to the Reserve Deputy Board and still serves in that capacity. In addition to her duties as a legal instructor Deputy Meyer and her horse Frank are graduates of the Southern Police Institute Mounted Patrol School and have been members of the RCSD Mounted Patrol unit since its inception in 2008

Deputy Meyer has been a member of the South Carolina State Guard since  2004. She has served in the State Guard Military Caisson Detachment, as the primary legal instructor for the SC State Guard’s Security Specialist training program and as the senior JAG for the Provost Marshal Detachment of the SC State Guard. She currently serves in an additional capacity as Adjutant to the State Guard Special Operations Commander.

Deputy Meyer received her undergraduate education at Duke University and Emory University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia in 1979 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1995. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the Richland County Bar and the SC Bar Criminal Law, Military Law and Government Law sections. She has served as a SC Bar CLE adjunct instructor.

Instructor Marie Waldrop

Instructor Marie Waldrop is a Senior Reserve Deputy and Instructor.  Instructor Waldrop has been a proud member of the Richland County Reserves since November of 2006.   During that time, she has served on the RCSD Reserve Deputy Board, has worked in many different areas including routine patrol, marine patrol, equipment coordinator for SRT and taught various law enforcement classes to support the Reserve program. She also served for many years as a Board Member for the SC School Resource Officer Association.   Instructor Waldrop has received the RCSD Bill McKenzie Leadership Award, the RCSD Reserve Deputy of the Year Award and the President’s Award from the SC School Resource Officer Association during her time at Richland County Sheriff’s Department. 

In addition to her service to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Instructor Waldrop has served as a math teacher, law enforcement teacher and principal in the public school system since 1988 in District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties. During that time, she was named as the SC Sallie Mae Teacher of the Year, the Dutch Fork High School Teacher of the Year and the Outstanding Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Art Education Association.   

Instructor Marie Waldrop holds a B.A. degree in Mathematics from Columbia College and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. In addition, she obtained an Associates Degree from Midlands Technical College in Law Enforcement Technology in December 2012. 

Instructor Terri Williams

Instructor Terri Williams' law enforcement career began in 1981 with Columbia Police Department as the Chief’s Administrative Aide.  She became a Deputy with Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department in 1988, and in 1993 became a Physical Training and Defensive Tactics Instructor at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.  After retiring from the Academy in 2006, she joined Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Training Division, where she is currently serving as a Deputy on a part-time basis.  Her primary responsibilities include working with newly-hired recruits in Defensive Tactics training prior to their Basic Training, JSO, FTO, and SRO assignments. 

Deputy Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master of Criminal Justice, both from the University of South Carolina. 



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