Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies are now armed with “Buddy Cards” to hand out to elementary school children.

Buddy Cards are a way to get kids to not be afraid to go up to a deputy when in need.

Road deputies will be armed with Buddy Cards to introduce themselves to children they meet; both will sign their names to the front of the card. On the reverse side of the card, there are five slots for signatures. The child is encouraged to introduce themselves to five deputies and ask them to sign their card.

This will establish a relationship, build trust, and reduce fear of law enforcement within children at the same time. Once the child gets five signatures they can get their parent/guardian to bring them to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department at 5623 Two Notch Road to redeem their completed card for a Bojangles’ gift card.