2012-06-08 / Front Page

RCSD’s team are winners in “PFC Boyd Junior Top Cop Competition”

Contributed by RCSD

Deputy Scott Puckett (l) and Corporal George Norton Deputy Scott Puckett (l) and Corporal George Norton For the past 16 years Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has had a passion for creating the most professional and the best educated and physically prepared department. The sheriff has implemented educational and fitness training/requirements for all deputies. The sheriff believes a higher physical and mental standard is a journey and not a destination. It is a constant evolving process.

Under this leadership, Richland County deputies constantly strive to better themselves by training and competing against other law enforcement and the military. On June 5, two Richland County deputies challenged themselves and represented Richland County in the Army’s annual “PFC Boyd Junior Top Cop Competition” held at Fort Jackson. PFC Boyd Junior was a military policeman who was killed in the line of duty.

Deputy Scott Puckett and Corporal George Norton received the “Best Civilian Police Team” award. Deputy Puckett placed 3rd overall in the Soldier Category. The award recognizes the winners of the two-day long competition, which is based on a point system. Deputy Puckett and Corporal Norton competed and earned points in physical fitness trials, domestic violence, medical training and active shooting. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that in the Police Team category there were ten two person teams from around South Carolina.

The competition is both mentally and physically demanding just like the day to day responsibilities of our men and women who wear the badge and work to make our communities safe.

Lott said he is extremely proud of all of the personnel at the Richland County Sheriff ’s Department who work every day to improve the quality of life in our communities. Both Deputy Puckett and Corporal Norton epitomize what every law enforcement professional should strive to become.

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