Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott (right) and Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott shakes hands after signing a new agreement on June 13, 2012.
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Richland County Sheriff's Department and the Columbia Police Department have signed a new agreement that allows CPD to patrol areas outside of the city.
Sheriff Leon Lott and Chief Randy Scott signed the agreement Thursday morning.
In short, the agreement allows Columbia police to work out in the county without limits placed into jurisdiction. From now on, if a call comes out to a county location that's close to CPD jurisdiction, the officer can respond without any legal problems.
Lott says citizens do not care what color the uniform is that an officer wears, just that a professional service is being provided.
Chief Scott has also asked Sheriff Lott to partner with his agency to train officers in his department, in areas such as criminal investigations, uniform patrol, and victim's services.
Both Lott and Scott say the partnership will increase safety in the community.