The Uniform Division is the face of the Richland County Sheriff's Department and the first line of defense. Its primary function is to protect the property and the citizens of Richland County. They are responsible for traffic safety, crime prevention, code enforcement and school safety.
Deputies assigned to code enforcement ensure Richland County neighborhoods are well manicured by enforcing ordinances that require property upkeep. They also enforce the unregistered vehicle ordinance.
The department's Community Services Division also reports to the Major of the Uniform Division. The unit's deputies address and target specific issues that relate to the multiple issues and diversity of the different communities within Richland County. The department's Community Action Team, Code Enforcement and Traffic Safety units fall under the wing of the Community Services Division.
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.
Through the Youth Services Unit, deputies empower, mentor and help shape our youth into becoming responsible adults by teaching them discipline, leadership and accountability. There are a variety of programs that parents can explore.