Sheriff Leon Lott

Leon Lott is the sheriff of Richland County, S.C., one of the largest law-enforcement agencies in that state. In 2010, Lott traveled to Erbil, Iraq – at the invitation of the Iraqi government – to assist in the establishment of, planning for, and training at the first-ever Iraqi female police academy.

Most Recent Articles by Sheriff Leon Lott:

New DNA technology aids in fighting crime and thwarting terrorism

Mar 14, 2017 — Sheriff Leon Lott

Last week, the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept.’s (RCSD) Cold Case Unit solved a murder case that had baffled investigators here in South Carolina for 30 years, and it might never have been solved had it not been for DNA.

In 1987, Patricia Ann Green – a 34-year-old woman – was shot to death and left in a roadside ditch in Sumter County near the main gate of Shaw Air Force Base. She was shot in the face at pointblank range. The motive for Green’s gruesome killing? She was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and she had encountered the wrong man, a cold-blooded killer Phillip Johnson – today a 53-year-old inmate serving life-terms for four other murders – who was then on a killing spree.


Dec 15, 2016 — Sheriff Leon Lott

President-elect Donald Trump will become the 45th U.S. president on Jan. 20, 2017. And his inauguration as with any presidential inauguration or similar event will bring with it a whole host of public safety challenges – even national security issues – that few Americans (outside of the various law enforcement communities) will even consider. This particular inauguration may also present a number of law-enforcement challenges not previously experienced.