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 in 2019:
· The Police Activity League is a community organization focused on making a positive impact on the lives of "at-risk" youth in our community. The key to change for these children and their families is to provide those character building qualities that help encourage quality character and positive development through our sports, academics and recreation/mentoring programs.
· The ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training is the preeminent training available for civilians in response to Armed Intruder / Active Killers. Cecil County Public Schools conducted 28 full scale A.L.I.C.E. drills in 2019. Eighteen A.L.I.C.E. classes were held, with 630 participants. Cecil County Government had a full scale drill on October 10, 2019 for the county administration building. Lessons learned will be used to plan improvements to building security and procedures.
· Nextdoor.com is a great tool to keep communities aware of local events and situations. Over 12,000 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 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. During 2019, 90% of persons posted have been apprehended. Investigations have been closed by posting photos and video of suspects. 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:
Deputy First Class
For additional information about the Community Policing Program please view the 2019 Community Policing 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.