Notable accomplishments of the Sheriff’s Office during Sheriff Cameron's leadership.
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Opiate / Heroin Response StrategiesThe Sheriff’s Office has established a multi faceted approach to address the on-going opiate / heroin crisis.
Patrol deputies are trained in the use and carry of NARCAN, a medication used in heroin and opioid overdoses. This has directly resulted in saving lives of St. Mary’s County residents on several occasions.
The Sheriff’s Office has held the first Community Opioid Summit at the Hollywood Fire Department, attended by 700 county residents. Additionally, Youth Drug Summits are held in our schools.
The Drug Take Back Program provides a safe and secure “black box” located in the Sheriff’s Office lobby in Leonardtown, available to the public to discard unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medication 24 hours a day at no cost.
The Senior Drug Take Back Program has been established. Several times a year, In partnership with the Office on Aging, a deputy responds to the home of the senior citizen to collect unwanted prescription and OTC medications.
Sheriff Cameron served on the Statewide Emergency Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force. Appointed by Governor Hogan, Tim was the sole law enforcement representative on the task force.
CALEA AccreditationThe St. Mary's Sheriff's Office continues to be a CALEA internationally accredited law enforcement agency for the past 12 years.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies accreditation and re-accereditation process confirms a continuing commitment to international policing standards.
Tim led the Sheriff’s Office through it’s first accreditation on-site in 2006, receiving their first accreditation in 2007. Re-accreditation from CALEA has accrued in 2010, 2013 and 2016.
Learn more about CALEA on Tim’s video page.
MCCS AccreditationThe St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office undergoes a bi-annual audit for the Detention Center conducted by the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards.
The Sheriff's Office has continually scored a compliance rate of 100 percent.
D.A.R.E. / School Resource Officers / School SafetyIn 2006, Tim re-established the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program in our schools. The school system breaks for the summer, but the D.A.R.E. program continues year round. In 2008, Tim established the award-winning Camp D.A.R.E. during the summer. This is a free, week-long event that brings the message of D.A.R.E. to our county’s 5th grade students.
Currently there is a SRO (School Resource Officer) in every high school and middle school in St. Mary's County.
Additionally, volunteer deputies participate in the award winning Adopt-A-School program. This program provides increased visibility in and around the schools, as well as a resource for school administration,staff and teachers.
Sheriff Cameron implemented the School and Workplace Violence Preparedness training program in July 2013. Taught by a representative from the National Tactical Officers Association, this class was attended by the administrative staff as well as members of each school Crisis Response Team. This was attended by public and private school staff throughout the county.
COMPSTATIn 2007, Tim brought the CompStat (Computer Statistics) program to St. Mary's County.
This changed the focus of the Sheriff's Office from a reactive agency to a proactive one, committed to quality of life issues in communities.
This program leveraged technology and information (trends) to identify criminal enterprise.
CompStat utilized existing database information to identify crime trends, suspects and criminal enterprise through CompStat meetings, involving the entire agency in the crime fighting process
Southern Maryland Information CenterThe SMIC (Southern Maryland Information Center) center tracks local and regional drug, crime and gang activities on a tri-county level.
The SMIC links local crime information to the statewide Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center. This enables the Sheriff's Office to close down criminal enterprise, make multiple arrests, and solve cross border crimes.
Public Safety TechnologySheriff Cameron is committed to technology to better serve and inform the citizens of St. Mary’s County.
BODY WORN and IN-CAR VIDEO CAMERAS
In April 2016, Sheriff Cameron instituted a pilot program of 13 body worn cameras. The program was a success and is now being expanded to include all uniform personnel. The Sheriff’s Office is the first agency in Maryland to deploy the Arbitrator BWC, Panasonic’s next-generation body worn camera system. This technology enables the Sheriff’s Office to add another tool to their evidence capture capabilities.
Sheriff Cameron previously implemented the Arbitrator in-car video solution. Under the umbrella of the Unified Evidence Management System, Sheriff Cameron saw the benefits of utilizing a single platform for all video evidence management requirements.
CITIZENS ON-LINE REPORTING SYSTEM
This system has been established and is available on-line at the Sheriff’s Office website, FirstSheriff.com. This system was established during Tim’s watch for those Sheriff’s Office calls that may not need the response of a deputy, such as:
- MINOR CRIMES where no suspect information or investigative leads exist
- SUSPICIOUS INCIDENTS that have occurred in the past.
- REPORTING LOST ITEMS such as cell phones, wallets, identification cards and other items of value or traceable property.
The On-line Reporting System is NOT monitored at all times and is not meant to act as an emergency reporting system
LiveScan DIGITAL FINGERPRINTING
The Sheriff’s Office provides LiveScan digital fingerprinting to the public for clearances and employment requirements by appointment, and for a fee. Full details are available at the Sheriff’s Office website.
POLICE VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY
Additionally, Sheriff Cameron was responsible for the installation of MDB (Mobile Data Browsers), E-TIX (electronic ticketing) and LPR (license plate reader) units in police vehicles.
Public Information OfficerTim established a Public Information Officer / Media Representative for the Sheriff's Office. The PIO provides the latest agency information on activities to the media and public. This is done viatraditional press releases, as well as the Sheriff's Office website and social media outlets.
Tim established the “St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office News and Official Information” blog in 2014. All information releases are published via the blog, and viewable to everyone.
Community AlertsIn 2013, Tim instituted the NIXLE program. NIXLE is a FREE secure platform to send public safety information direct to the citizen via text and eMail. This information can include road closings, AMBER alerts and other information deemed important for the safety and security of the citizens of St. Mary’s County.
Sign up for Nixle here.
Social MediaThe Sheriff's Office extends it's proactive Community Policing concepts via social media, such as Twitter, Periscope, Facebook the Sheriff’s Office News blog, YouTube and Nixle.
Nixle is a secure public safety notification system that provides eMail, and text alerts and advisories.
Citizen Advisory BoardThe Citizen Advisory Board meets with Tim on a monthly basis, acting as a conduit of the diverse communities in St. Mary's. The CAB hears presentations of various Sheriff's Office operational aspects, as well as presentations from other law enforcement and public safety professionals in St. Mary's County.
This group conducts community meetings throughout St. Mary's County, which enhances communication between the public and the Sheriff's Office.
Interested citizens can apply via firstsheriff.com.
Crime Reports and Anonymous Crime ReportingDuring Tim's tenure, the Sheriff's Office has joined CrimeReports.com. CrimeReports is the nation’s largest collection of law enforcement agencies committed to transparency, public access and citizen engagement.
Through CrimeReports, citizens have access to the Sheriff’s Office crime data enabling them to track crime and sex offenders in their area. Citizens can register their security camera, submit a crime tip and sign up for alerts at no cost.
Citizens can participate in crime reporting through the TipSubmit, TextTip and CrimeSolvers programs. All programs are anonymous and enables the citizens of St. Mary’s to help apprehend criminals through the submission of information, photographs and videos.
Sex Offender MonitoringTim is dedicated to continue to manage and track registered sex offenders in St. Mary's County. The Sheriff's Office conducts regular compliance checks at the offenders' home and work.
The Sheriff's Office has it's own Sex Offender Monitoring section with a permanently assigned Detective with administrative support.
Detention and Rehabilitation Center ProgramsSheriff Cameron is committed to the safety and security of St. Mary’s County by the implementation of the following programs in our St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center (SMCDRC).
OFFENDER REINTEGRATION METHODOLOGY
Life skills and educational programs enable inmates to work toward a high school diploma. This reduces recidivism.
SMCDRC EXPANSION PROJECT
The SMCDRC expansion project was developed by staff. It provides an exceptional facility to manage inmates, conduct programs that will reduce recidivism and it establishes a safe environment for staff and inmates as well as a safer facility for the surrounding community.
SMCDRC PRE-TRIAL SUPERVISION PROGRAM
The SMCDRC pre-trial supervision program has won accolades for it’s results in getting criminal defendants to show up for trial and avoid new offenses without relying on bail or incarceration. It has been a resounding success, and law enforcement leaders and lawmakers have used it for a model to comply with new court rules requiring them to reduce the role of cash bail in deciding which defendants to free. The program was launched in 2015 and has proven itself to be good for public safety. The costs of jailing a prisoner is $149 a day, the costs to supervise a released defendant is approximately $29 a day, so this program has been good for the county finances as well. To qualify for this program, the Sheriff’s Office uses a scoring system that assesses the rest that releasing a prisoner would pose to the community. Initial results indicated 99 percent show up for trials, and 92 percent do not commit new crimes before trial.
SMCDRC REMOTE VISITOR VISITATION
In December 2017, the SMCDRC visitor video visitation technology went “live” with ICSolutions. This new technology provides family members, friend and professionals control to schedule and conduct a visit at a time convenient for them, without having to travel to the SMCDRC. On-site visitation is conducted using video terminals located in the facility’s visitation room. Off-site visitation is conducted from a visitor’s computer or Android device. This allows for contact with those who are unable to travel to the SMCRDC for visitation and for those inmates who have friends and family out of the area. This is the culmination of a ten year project which brings modern technology, increased institutional safety to our staff, community and inmates.
DDACTS and SHTSP ProgramsThe DDACTS (Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety) integrates location based crime and traffic crash data to determine the most effective methods for deploying law enforcement resources.
Drawing on the deterrent value of highly visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crimes often involve motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce crime, crashes and traffic violations inSt. Mary's County.
The SHTSP (Strategic Highway Traffic Safety Plan) is based on accident data with constant review to determine enforcement efforts best suited for the needs of St. Mary's County communities.
K-9 ProgramUnder Tim’s watch, the Sheriff's Office K-9 unit now has five K-9 teams, nationally accredited trainers, acquired new dogs.
Typically there is one patrol dog on duty around the clock. The Sheriff's Office also has it's own drug dogs and bomb dogs working for the citizens of St. Mary's County.
Domestic Violence InterventionUnder Tim's watch, the Sheriff's Office has established the LAP (Lethality Assessment Program). Deputies conduct lethality assessment at the scene of a Domestic Violence call, connecting victims wit appropriate counselors, shelter, etc. THIS SAVES LIVES.
Tim is also a member of the Family Violence Coordinating Council - Agency participation in this council improves total response, investigation, protection, prosecution and follow up care to victims of domestic violence.
There is also a full time detective assigned as the Domestic Violence Coordinator. This detective serves as a team member on the Domestic Violence Case Review Team.
Local Law Enforcement Coordination CouncilThis program was established by Tim. This group is comprised of all law enforcement leaders in St. Mary's County. They meet to discuss trends, share resources and support collaboration for the benefit of the public.
History ProjectsTim established various historical projects to document the history of the Sheriff’s Office.
The latest project is America’s First, a book detailing the history of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. For the first time, the full 381 year history of the St. Mary’s County Maryland Sheriff’s Office, the oldest continuously operating Sheriff’s Office in the USA, has been documented.
America’s First begins when the colonists landed in March 1634, and not until 1637 was a Sheriff appointed. The book delves into the next 378 years, exploring the history of how a Sheriff was selected, weapons and punishments administered during those times, how the Sheriff’s Office has evolved into the entity it is today and the pride the agency has in being “America’s First.”
This book is for law enforcement enthusiasts, history lovers, as well as current and former residents of St. Mary’s County. It carries the reader through the years and show just how this small office evolved into the progressive and modern agency it is today.
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Commissions is another book that has been written on Tim’s watch. This book provides a detailed history of each and every Sheriff of St. Mary’s County’s 381 year history, revealing facts and Sheriff’s not known before now!
Both books are available at the Sheriff’s Office during working hours, as well at the St. Mary’s County Historical Society.
2018 will see the announcement of other history projects as well.