The Sheriff’s Office saw continued success in the second quarter of 2016. The newly created Crime Suppression Team (CST) continues to prove its value. CST deputies are in various neighborhoods addressing traffic complaints, thefts from autos, and other reported concerns from citizens. CST deputies also assist with speed enforcement initiatives and supplement Patrol deputies when they are short staffed on Patrol.  Most recently, members of the CST executed a traffic stop in the northern end of Calvert County where a convicted felon was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun and enough controlled dangerous substances to be charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute.

Patrol Bureau K-9 teams continue to locate illegal drugs on traffic stops at unprecedented levels. In this quarter K-9 teams generated 93 positive alerts for illegal drugs on our roadways. Patrol deputies arrested 125 individuals for impaired driving. 

Patrol Bureau deputies assigned to the Towns of North and Chesapeake Beach were tasked with ensuring the safety of the public at numerous outdoor events to include; the 2016 opening of the North Beach Farmer’s Market, the North Beach water front concert series, the Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival, the North Beach 4th Annual End Hunger Dragon Boat Festival, and the annual Chesapeake Beach Independence Day fireworks display. These events collectively draw thousands to the area.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) made two arrests this quarter related to gun violence. One suspect was arrested for shooting a subject who attempted to rob him of his drugs and money. The victim nearly died and is still hospitalized. The second came after an extensive manhunt. The suspect eluded capture for several days, after opening fire into a bedroom window of a townhome occupied by his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend, and small children. After an around the clock investigation by detectives, the suspect was located at a residence in Owings. The suspect barricaded himself in the residence and then made an escape attempt out of a second story window that resulted in an arrest by the Patrol Bureau and K-9 personnel.  

Drug Enforcement Investigators (DEU) did their share and then some in this quarter.  On May 10th, members of the DEU were conducting surveillance/mobile surveillance on an individual who was suspected of distributing heroin that resulted in the fatal overdose of a heroin user on April 24th.  During the surveillance/mobile surveillance, members of DEU observed the suspect travel to P.G. County and meet up with an unknown subject near Forest Village mall.  Once the brief contact was over, the suspect was observed returning to Calvert County where he was observed meeting up with two vehicles being operated by unknown individuals.  DEU members contacted Dfc. Livingston who conducted a traffic stop based on the observations of DEU members who obtained a body search warrant for the primary suspect’s person.  A search of his person revealed suspected illegal drugs, paraphernalia, and other related evidence.

The suspect was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed by a DEU detective.  While the suspect was being interviewed, members of DEU along with members of SOT executed a search warrant at his residence located in Prince Frederick. A search of the residence revealed un-prescribed medications, random pills, and drug paraphernalia.

Sadly, we lost two K-9’s this quarter. K-9 Narco died of natural causes and K-9 Manny died of a yet to be determined medical event.

Several promotions took place this quarter:

                        Lieutenant David Payne was promoted to Captain
                        Detective Sergeant Tim Fridman was promoted to Lieutenant
                        Corporal Jason Dean was promoted to Sergeant
                        Deputy First Class John Harms was promoted to Corporal.

The Bureau of Administration and Judicial Services was busy this quarter. AJSB staff had 290 applicants for Deputy Sheriff apply this spring. 59 applicants were tested and of those, 29 made it to the oral boards. After polygraphs and background investigations four new recruit deputies, were selected to begin the academy on Saturday, July 30th.  Five new Deputy Sheriff’s graduated from Police Entry Level Training Program (PELTP Session 42) on June 3, 2016. 

Sergeant Brian Bowen conducted one of the largest Sheriff’s Sales in the history of the Sheriff’s Office by auctioning off most of the contents of the Striped Rock restaurant in Solomons. 

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first full week of May as National Correctional Officers Week.  In observance, the Calvert County Detention Center employees enjoyed a flag raising ceremony, a luncheon and were able to invite family for tours of the facility.  The Detention Center staff was also presented with a proclamation from the County Commissioners in honor of the annual event.  Sgt. Joshua Underwood was recognized by the Maryland Correctional Administrators Association for his Calvert County Corrections Officer of the Year Award in June at the annual conference in Ocean City.  The Emergency Response Team graduated CFC Chris Gray, CFC Danial Hamilton, CFC John Ashley, CFC Erik Snyder and CO1 Christopher Oliver as new members of the special operations unit.  The eventful quarter continued with CFC Dayania Carroll receiving the Officer of the Second Quarter award.  She was recognized for her outstanding work on the floor and dedication to her job and co-workers.  The Team of the Second Quarter is Team 4 consisting of:  Sgt. Scott, Cpl. Commodore, Cpl. Jones, CFC Cook, C.O.1 Strain, Hamilton, Hernandez, Ashley, Brooks, Zalusky, Lanier, and Musegades.  Congratulations to the supervisors and officers of Team 4 on this accomplishment.

Detention Center staff participated in several community projects this quarter.  The Jailhouse Rockers held a successful golf tournament in May raising proceeds toward fighting cancer.  The 2016 contribution from the Jailhouse Rockers surpassed last year’s donation to the Calvert County Chapter of Relay for Life.  The Detention Center remains thankful to the many staff who participate and continue to give to this important cause. 

This quarter, the Families Reading Together program continued to provide a vital conduit between community children and incarcerated inmates.  Inmates who work and study to achieve the privilege of participating in this program are rewarded by being able to connect through literature compositions with their children. 

Announcements:  Joshua Underwood was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Cordell Jones was promoted to Corporal; Congratulations are extended to both of these fine supervisors. Cpl. Ryan McGaffin was recently reassigned as the Work Detail Supervisor and is poised to make great strides in the program. The Detention Center would like to extend congratulations to Sgt. Arlisa Mason-Buck and CFC Mike Shaw, both of whom recently retired and will be truly missed. Thank you both for your outstanding service to the community and the Agency.