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Sheriff's Office Praised at Public Hearing

Several residents spoke highly of the sheriff's office, recently under fire from the state's attorney.

A half dozen residents attended a Monday night to offer praise and support for the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, which has come under recent criticism.

The sheriff's office is working for reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Accreditation is a voluntary process that includes a team of assessors examining all aspects of the Carroll County policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.

Part of the accreditation process includes a public hearing to gather feedback from the community.

As , the sheriff's office has recently been from State's Attorney Jerry Barnes who accused the sheriff of botching at least one murder case.

Michelle Jefferson, who said she was speaking on behalf of herself as well as We the People Carroll County, showed her support of the sheriff at Monday night's public hearing.

"I'm here to be a cheerleader for the sheriff's department for a multitude of reasons," Jefferson said. "I stood with the sheriff's department when they wanted to become the primary law enforcement agency in Carroll County."

Last summer the Sheriff's Office began a from the Maryland State Police Resident Trooper Program.

Jefferson said that sheriff's deputies have always acted professionally when providing security for We the People rallies.

"Any time there have been issues, which have been few, they handled them in a very professional manner," Jefferson said.

Jefferson said that she knows there have been "hiccups" along the way, but "nothing that should stop things from moving forward."

George Otto III echoed Jefferson's sentiments.

"I think we've got one of the greatest sheriff's departments in the country," Otto said.

Otto acknowledged that "nothing is perfect" but said he wants to see the sheriff's office get re-accredited.

Bob Kurland said that he supports the sheriff's department, which he said "has been under attack by the press of late."

"When everybody said 'can't do,' when we had a hobo jungle here and nobody could figure out whose jurisdiction it was in ... the sheriff stepped up to the plate and cleaned it up," Kurland said, referring to the recent on Rt. 27 at the Rt. 140 overpass.

The assessors said that the comments received at this public hearing and during the phone-in period will be put into a report and submitted to the commission, which will make the decision on accreditation status.

Buck Harmon April 19, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Not sure I understand this one JoAnn...
Buck Harmon April 20, 2012 at 08:27 PM
The message..Sheriff's office praised...the messenger..Kym Byrnes...who is attacking Kym? Michelle offered no message, only displaced praise from what I have read. If Michelle continues to make dumb statements that pertain to the message, she gets what she gets...part of a blog arena. How has the debate been lost here JoAnn?
Buck Harmon April 20, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Pending Approval sucks...
Kym Byrnes April 20, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Buck, I am under the impression that the technical glitch Patch was experiencing yesterday that prohibited comments from posting was fixed. Do you still have comments that are "pending"? If you have comments from yesterday that are pending, you may want to re-post them as the backlog from 865 sites might be holding things up. But if you posted comments today that aren't appearing, please let me know as today's comments should be appearing immediately. Again, I apologize and appreciate your willingness to engage in spite of the technical bugs.

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