Deputies Armed with “Buddy Cards” to Connect with Kids

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) – The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is seeking to strengthen bonds with youth community members through a new “buddy card” program.

Road deputies will now be armed with the cards to pass out to elementary school kids.

Sheriff Leon Lott said he knows police officers can intimidate children – he hopes this new system will help encourage kids to consider officers as a resource when they’re in need.

RCSD said the cards work like this: each deputy will sign his or her cards. When they give a card to a kid, the kid will sign the card. On the back of the card, there are five slots for signatures – the child is asked to get five deputies to sign their buddy card. Once the child gets five signatures, his or her parent can bring the card to RCSD headquarters, at 5623 Two Notch Rd., to redeem it for a Bojangles gift card.

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