Charles County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, we would like to honor Sergeant Sylvia L. Blakeslee Mudd, who was the first female police officer hired in Charles County. She shared the story of her amazing career with us:

“I was hired June 16, 1974. During my first summer I worked under cover with Cpl. James Gartland, who later became Sheriff. I went to Prince George’s County Academy. My number was #70 and I was hired with 71, 72, 73. Only Kevin McCloy #73 and I had to go to the academy because 71 and 72 were prior police.

I was assigned to patrol, but was pulled for various assignments such as doing background investigations, internal affairs, taught report writing in the academy when Charles County started their academy( I graduated as an English/law enforcement major from the University of MD in 1981). I was a breathalyzer operator, taught in-service training, was a hostage negotiator, and was a field training officer. My last assignment was in records after coming back from an on-duty injury, a broken hip in 1989. I retired in 1991 after 18 years due to my disability.

I married Lt. Robert J. Mudd, Sr. #18 in 1980. Funny enough, he taught me so much, even though he was not too happy the department had hired a woman!

There was never a day I didn’t love my job. It was not a job, it was a career and as you know, police work becomes your life. The best part of being a police officer is being part of an extended family that is always there for you. Here is an example: In 1982 my stepson, who was in the Marine Corps and stationed in CA, was in an accident and died. We had to fly to CA on a moment’s notice. Our tobacco crop was ready to be cut. When we got back 5 days later, our fellow officers had cut the entire crop and it was in the barn. It was not about me, it was the love of the job that counted.”

Thank you to Retired Sgt. Mudd for sharing your incredible story! Your CCSO Family is proud to call you one of our own. #CCSOPRIDE

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...