News Release, Charles County Sheriff’s Office

A teamof assessors fromthe Commission onAccreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)willbe conducting an assessment July 27-29, 2020, to examine allaspectsoftheCharlesCountySheriff’sOffice’spoliciesand procedures,management, operations andsupport services as part of the Sheriff’s Office’s continued efforts tomaintain its accreditation.

The Charles County Sheriff’sOfficeispartofaselectgroupoflawenforcementagencieswhohavedemonstratedprofessional excellence by participating in the voluntary accreditation process. ThepurposeofthisassessmentistoensuretheCharlesCountySheriff’s Office continues tomeet 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 andmembers of the community are invited to provide commentsto 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 tocalea2020@ccso.uswith 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 commentstotheassessmentteammaydosobyphone 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 topgarrison@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.