Handicapped Parking Patrol

The Handicapped Parking Patrol (HPP) was created by Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott in November of 2003. This group of 22 citizen-volunteers monitor handicapped parking spaces in all of Richland County, including the City of Columbia, Forest Acres, and Irmo.

The volunteers receive training by the Sheriff's Department on the state's Handicap Parking laws. The Sheriff's Department also provides the Handicap Parking Patrol with a digital camera, a cell phone, and an orange "Handicap Parking Patrol" vest. The HPP volunteers patrol Richland County looking for motorists illegally parked in designated handicapped parking spaces. Once a violation is discovered they will record the appropriate vehicle information, including photographing the vehicle in question. They also leave a "notice of violation" on the vehicle in question. The notice alerts the motorist that their vehicle was determined to be illegally parked, and that a Richland County deputy will be contacting them with regards to the violation. The information will then be given to the Richland County Sheriff's Department, which will meet with the motorist face-to-face to determine if a ticket will be issued. 

Violators of the Handicapped Parking law can be fined no less than $500 and no more than $1000, or face 30 days in jail.

Citizens interested in becoming a member of the Handicapped Parking Patrol can contact Richland County Sgt. Berry Brown at 576-3043 or bbrown@rcsd.net  


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