by David M. Higgins II, Publisher

Leonardtown, MD- The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office(SMCSO) is opening the application process for residents to participate in the 2020 SMCSO Citizens Academy. The Academy offers residents an inside look at the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office. The Academy is free and participants learn about Emergency Services Team(EST), Uniform Patrol, Community Policing, Corrections, The St. Mary’s County Detention Center and Rehabilitation Center, K-9 Units, and many other topics.

The 8-week-course is free of charge and open to residents of St. Mary’s County 18 and over. Only sixteen participants are chosen and spaces fill quickly. Due to COVID-19 restrictions classes may be postponed. The classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters at 23150 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown, MD.

If you are interested in participating, you can an application from the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters Clerk or by calling the Executive Coordinator at 301-475-4200 x1910 or you can get t online by clicking here: Online Application. Applications may be returned to the Sheriff’s Office in person, mailed or faxed, or emailed to

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...