WALDORF, Md. – A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will be conducting an assessment July 27-29, 2020, to examine all aspects of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services as part of the Sheriff’s Office’s continued efforts to maintain its accreditation.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is part of a select group of law enforcement agencies who have demonstrated professional excellence by participating in the voluntary accreditation process. The purpose of this assessment is to ensure the Charles County Sheriff’s Office continues to meet all applicable standards set forth by the Commission to achieve re-accreditation.   

Due to the restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 crisis, a contingency plan for assessment activities has been developed to perform the required activities remotely. As such, public comment will be accepted as stated below.

Agency employees and members of the community are invited to provide comments to the CALEA Assessment Team at a virtual public information session on Zoom on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 3 p.m. To speak live during the virtual session, please send an email to calea2020@ccso.us with the following information:

• First and Last Name,

• Email address, and

• If applicable, what community group, business, law enforcement agency or other organization you are representing.   

Once the above information is received, you will receive an email containing the necessary login information to access the virtual information session.

Any person who is unable to speak at the virtual public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team may do so by phone by calling 301-609-6439 on Monday, July 27, 2020, between 2-3 p.m. Calls will be accepted one at a time. Individuals should call back if they receive a busy signal.

Anyone wishing to provide comments to the assessors in writing may send an email to pgarrison@charlestoncounty.org. Comments may also be mailed to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the virtual information session are limited to 10 minutes per person and must address the Agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards manual is available at the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and may be reviewed by contacting the Planning and Accreditation Office at 301-609-6419.