It is the goal of the St.
Mary's County Maryland Sheriff's Office to provide responsive and professional
law enforcement services to the residents and visitors of our county.
Each member of the Sheriff's
Office strives to work toward our goal through working with the community and
solving problems on a daily basis. For the continued improvement of the St.
Office, it is imperative that we maintain the highest standards of ethics and
The St. Mary's County
Sheriff's Office welcomes your suggestions and comments regarding our
performance. Be it a question, comment, commendation or complaint, we want to
hear from you.
Below you will find the
answers to some frequently asked questions for those who wish to file a
complaint against a Sheriff's Office employee.
WHAT IF I WANT TO MAKE A COMPLAINT?
The Sheriff is interested
in hearing from the citizens of St. Mary's County regarding his employees,
regardless of the nature - commendation or complaint. The Sheriff's Office
accepts and thoroughly investigates all complaints on the part of its personnel:
Deputies, Correctional Officers or civilian employees. The St. Mary’s County
Sheriff’s Office Complaint Against Personnel Report can be obtained at all three
county libraries, the Governmental Center, or at Sheriff’s Office Headquarters
and Outposts. Click here for the Complaint Against Personnel Report in PDF format.
DO I HAVE TO GIVE MY NAME IF I FILE A COMPLAINT?
No. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office prefers that citizens leave their
name and contact information; however, we will investigate an anonymous
complaint if the citizen provides sufficient information to adequately look into
DO I HAVE TO COMPLAIN IN PERSON?
We prefer to talk to you in
person, so that your information can be represented more thoroughly. We also
accept complaints by telephone or letter. You should include your contact
information, as we will need to contact you. In some cases, such as a formal
complaint, it will be necessary that we speak to you in person. This meeting
can take place at the Sheriff's Office, your home, or other location.
DO I HAVE TO FILE A "FORMAL COMPLAINT" OR CAN I JUST SPEAK WITH THE EMPLOYEE'S SUPERVISOR?
If you choose, you can meet
with the affected employee's immediate supervisor or Division Commander to air
HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE TO FILE A COMPLAINT?
Complaints should be filed
as soon as possible as delays could harm an investigation due to the passage of
If you have a brutality complaint, your complaint must be filed and notarized within 90 days.
WILL MY COMPLAINT BE PUBLISHED IN THE NEWSPAPER?
No. Complaints Against
Personnel are considered confidential in nature and are not released to any
press or media.
WHO WILL INVESTIGATE MY COMPLAINT?
Your complaint will be
investigated by a Sheriff's Office supervisor or the Internal Affairs Unit.
WILL THE EMPLOYEE KNOW THAT I FILED A COMPLAINT AGAINST THEM?
Yes. The employee has a
right to know who made a complaint against him or her.
WILL THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE RETALIATE AGAINST ME FOR MAKING A COMPLAINT?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! It
is essential that we maintain the public's confidence in order to continue the
high standards that the Sheriff's Office has set.
I'M UNDER 18 YEARS OLD. CAN I MAKE A COMPLAINT?
Yes, but you need to be accompanied by an adult.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED ONCE I MAKE A COMPLAINT?
Once the investigation is concluded all persons who file a complaint will be notified of the results of the investigation.
The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office completes an
annual statistical summary of all complainants and dispositions. The statistical
summary is available upon request to the public.