School Resource Officer and Youth Services Units

In addition to serving the adults of Richland County, deputies under the School Resource Officers and Youth Services units of the Uniform Division help our youth through a variety of programs. At schools, deputies provide a variety of support programs and services to the students and staff with the goal of maintaining a safe and secure learning environment, influencing the development of positive attitudes by youth towards the law enforcement community, and reducing juvenile crime through the use of intervention strategies, proactive policing, and networking.

It is said that children are our most precious resource, and ensuring that they are placed on a path to success has been one of Sheriff's Lott's priorities.

Teens can join programs such as the Junior Explorers or the Explorers Post 601, which aims to develop and shape our young people into becoming responsible adults and exposing them to the law enforcement field by teaching them discipline, leadership and accountability.

Pictured are juveniles participating in a Youth Services Program

Parents who are seeking programs that will help reroute their trouble children can enroll their children in the BRIDGE Program, which aims to motivate and accelerate juveniles in Richland County who struggle or need a boost in the classroom or home due to behavior or loss of focus.

There is also "CAMP L.O.T.T.” — which designed to curb at-risk behavior by utilizing mentoring, physical training and life-skills sessions — the J.U.M.P. (Juveniles Under Motivated Pressure) Start Program for challenged youth — which aims to reduce delinquent behavior among our youth.

Pictured is Capt. Michael Pearson

Capt. Michael Pearson
Youth Services Unit
803-576-3495

Pictured is Captain Kai Whitaker

Capt. Kai Whitaker
School Resource Officers Unit
803-576-5089

Youth Services Programs

• BRIDGE Program
• Camp Clean Up
• Camp L.O.T.T. (Leading Our Troubled Teens Boot Camp)
Explorer Post 601 Program
Junior Explorers
• RCSD Mentoring Matters Program

• Healthy Choices Program
• J.U.M.P Start program (Juveniles Under Motivated Pressure)
• Next Step Program
• Parent Workshop
• Youth Arbitration
• Youth and Parent Empowerment Academy