It is the mission of the Community Resources Unit (CRU) to develop and enhance the bonds between the Cecil County Sheriff's Office and the residents of Cecil County through education, community policing and crime prevention initiatives. The Sheriff’s Office strives for excellence in policing by partnering with the community to enhance the quality of life. In an effort to provide the highest quality of services to our community, the Sheriff’s Office organizes and administers the following community-based programs.
· The Police Explorer Program is a career-oriented program that gives young adults ages 14 through 20 years old the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with local law enforcement agencies. Explorers learn the skills needed to develop character and leadership and a better understanding of what society requires in order for them to grow into responsible, productive citizens.
· The ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training is the preeminent training available for civilians in response to Armed Intruder / Active Killers. CRU Deputies assisted by members of the Street Level Crimes Unit, (SLCU) trained more than 1,000 CCPS staff completing the program in 2018. Full scale A.L.I.C.E. drills were conducted at 10 schools from March to October. CRU worked with the schools to modify safety policies regarding A.L.I.C.E. to have instructors observe school initiated A.L.I.C.E. drills at all CCPS schools twice annually. Assistance was provided to the Newark, Delaware Police Department in training approximately 150 teachers and staff of the Christina School District from Newark High School. A.L.I.C.E. training continued for Cecil County Government staff; approximately 100 attended.
· Nextdoor.com is a great tool to keep communities aware of local events and situations. Over 6500 citizens in Cecil County are registered and using Nextdoor every day to help keep their neighborhoods safe.
· National Night Out is a program that encourages neighbors to gather together and get to know each other on a more personal level while also meeting with community leaders, police and fire department personnel. CRU and CCSO K9 members participated in a National Night Out Tour in partnership with the Elkton and North East Town Police Departments. K9 and UAV demonstrations were conducted in Elkton, North East and finally Charlestown, MD for several hundred residents.
· Ask the Sheriff is an opportunity for residents of Cecil County to ask questions directly to Sheriff Adams about any aspect of the operations of the Sheriff’s Office.
· “Fugitive Friday” was created in partnership with the Maryland State Apprehension Team (MSAT). It is posted on the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page weekly. Since April 17, 2018, 30 apprehensions have been made and three persons turned themselves in. Investigations have been closed by posting photos and video of suspects, including a shoplifting case, which was closed with a confession within two hours of the post. The CCSO Facebook account has been very useful to communicate with the public.
To request a deputy to attend your event or schedule child finger printing please contact:
For information about Cecil County Sheriff's Office's Community Policing Program please view the 2018 Annual Report
Deputies from the Cecil County Sheriff's Office were recognized by the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and Maryland Sheriffs' Association as Maryland's 2017 Deputies of the Year for Community Service. The group was recognized for their work in support of delivering ALICE training to thousands of people in 2017.