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Mayoral candidate wants to merge CPD, RCSD

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Larry Sypolt, one of the three men vying to become the next mayor of Columbia, is pushing a proposal that would merge the Columbia Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Calling the plan "common sense", Sypolt says the merger "is an opportunity for the City of Columbia Police Department to get back on its feet."

Going into details, Sypolt, a former FBI analyst and Richland County narcotics agent, says his plan would be a 4 to 5 year agreement between the departments to partner up and share resources.

"At the end of the agreement, they can reevaluate the progress and they may decide to sign a more in-depth agreement that will detail further integration of services and resources at the time," said Sypolt.

Sypolt points to the success of the 20+ year agreement with the Columbia Fire Department and Richland County Fire Department as for why he thinks a merger should be on the table.

Sypolt's plan would not be the first time there has been a proposal to consolidate or merge the two departments.

In 2010, Columbia City Council weighed a plan that would have given oversight of the Columbia Police Department to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.

Ultimately, that plan failed to crystallize.

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