St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officers 
Cpl. Daniel Holdsworth visits with students at Capt. Walter Francis Duke Elementary School in Leonardtown on Wednesday 
Cpl. Daniel Holdsworth visits with students at Capt. Walter Francis Duke Elementary School in Leonardtown on Wednesday 

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – For a number of years, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has provided School Resource Officers at the three public high schools and in 2019 officers were added to the four public middle schools in St. Mary’s County.

In addition, the Sheriff’s Office’s Adopt-a-School program provides for deputies to “adopt” a particular elementary school to patrol and partner with.

In addition to those ongoing partnerships with St. Mary’s County Public Schools, effective immediately, more Sheriff’s Office deputies will be further checking on public elementary schools and private schools through the Safe to Learn initiative.

These additional deputies will be uniformed, checking in with school staff, checking the perimeters of school properties, ensuring that exterior doors to schools are secured and reporting anything unusual to school administrators.

“The safety of students and children in St. Mary’s County continues to be my priority,” Sheriff Tim Cameron said. “I want both students and their parents to know that we are working together to make the school communities a safe and secure environment through the efforts of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s County Public Schools,” the Sheriff said.

The school year is winding down as classes conclude in June.

“We continue to coordinate efforts with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for increased patrols at our schools and to maintain open lines of communication to address any issues that impact the safety of our school communities,” a May 25 letter from Schools Superintendent J. Scott Smith said. “One of the most important things we can do is to share information.”

Through the If You See Something, Say Something initiative, information can be shared at www.smcps.org.

The Sheriff’s Office can be contacted at 301-475-8008. For emergencies, call 911.

St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officers 
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers 

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6 Comments

  1. It’s unfortunate it takes a very sad situation like what happened in TX to put officers in schools. Locking the gate after the horse got out. Hopefully the attention for the schools will not go away.

  2. Don’t just drive through the parking lot, Deputies; walk around the perimeter, and check the security of the doors! All too often, staff props the doors open, or leaves them unlocked. This can no longer be tolerated. SMCPS administrators need to start taking disciplinary action against staff members who defeat external door locks or prop doors open for their own convenience. Let’s no wait for tragedy to happen here!

  3. I think that an armed security guard should stand by entrance or many by entrances to ensure maximum security. Can’t have random people entering schools. Period.

  4. if it is the case that we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty in court, why is it that the judge believes the officer over the driver?

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