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LCSD earns seventh accreditation award

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has received its seventh Law Enforcement Accreditation Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., commonly known as CALEA.

“A team of specially trained CALEA assessors visited the department for a four-day, on-site assessment in July,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “The team reviewed our policies, went on ride-alongs and interviewed deputies, staff, community leaders and citizens to determine we’re maintaining high professional standards in providing professional law enforcement services.”

CALEA reviews more than 480 rigorous accreditation standards in the areas of policies and procedures, administration, operations and support services, according to Koon. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has maintained its accreditation since 1999, earning CALEA’s Meritorious Award during this most recent reaccreditation.

“I’m proud for the men and women of this department because maintaining accreditation for nearly two decades is quite an accomplishment,” said Koon, who formally accepted the accreditation award last month. “Professional excellence is a top priority for us and compliance with CALEA’s standards has become a part of our everyday operations.”

Lexington County is one of only nine accredited sheriff’s departments in South Carolina, according to CALEA. The others are Anderson, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Greenville, Lancaster, Spartanburg and York.
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#ICYMI: Today is the final day to donate winter clothing items to Lexington County families in need. It's getting cold outside and we're working alongside Turner Memorial AME Church to make sure everyone stays warm!

There are multiple locations listed below where you can drop items off.

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Want to give back this holiday season? We're partnering with Turner Memorial AME Church to collect winter clothing for those in need. Here are the drop-off locations: LCSD headquarters - 521 Gibson Rd., Lexington LCSD North Region - 111 Lincreek Dr., Columbia Tri-City Leisure Center - 586 Brooks Ave., West Columbia Seven Oaks Park - 200 Leisure Ln., Columbia Crooked Creek Park - 1098 Old Lexington Hwy., Chapin #LESM #LCSDnews

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'Tis the season for parades and holiday parties! We'll continue to add to this album from all of the 2017 Lexington County Christmas events. ... See MoreSee Less

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Wrapping up the weekend in the Town of Batesburg-Leesville Christmas parade. Give us a wave when you see the LCSD boat rolling by. #LESM ... See MoreSee Less

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Funeral services for Cpl. James Chapman will be held Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at Saluda Baptist Church on West Wheeler Dr.

Visitation will be Dec. 12 from 6-8 at Ramey Funeral Home, 202 N. Rudolph Street, Saluda. #LESM
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‪We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Johnston Police Department and the family of Officer James Chapman, who died from injuries sustained in a traffic collision Friday night. #LESM‬

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‪We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Johnston Police Department and the family of Officer James Chapman, who died from injuries sustained in a traffic collision Friday night. #LESM‬ ... See MoreSee Less

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‪The boat is decorated and the Koon family is aboard and ready for the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Holiday Parade of Lights. #LESM‬ ... See MoreSee Less

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‪Expect heavy traffic this weekend with lots of shoppers on the roads.

We’re out along these roads keeping you safe with patrols for speeding, DUI and distracted driving. #LESM #LCSDnews‬
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Meet a generous member of our community. We’re honored she trusts us to help her get toys right where they need to be for Christmas morning. 🎄 🎁 #LESM #LCSDnews ... See MoreSee Less

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Take a look at the man we'd like to talk to about prescription medication stolen out of a car. Listen for more info. Call Midlands Crimestoppers at 888-Crime-SC if you know him. #LESM #LCSDnews ... See MoreSee Less

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