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.
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. Mary's
County Sheriff's Office, it is imperative that we maintain the
highest standards of ethics and integrity.
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
WHAT IF I WANT TO MAKE A
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?
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 the matter.
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
If you choose, you can meet with the
affected employee's immediate supervisor or Division Commander
to air your concerns.
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 time. If you have a brutality
complaint, your complaint must be filed and notarized within 90
WILL MY COMPLAINT BE PUBLISHED IN THE
No. Complaints Against Personnel are
considered confidential in nature and are not released to any
press or media.
WHO WILL INVESTIGATE MY
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
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
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
I'M UNDER 18 YEARS OLD. CAN I MAKE A
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.