Leonardtown Community Policing
The Leonardtown Community Policing "Town Watch" program was established in 1995 under a federal grant, in cooperation with the Commissioners of Leonardtown and the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. This program was established to foster a better working relationship between citizens and the police. The Leonardtown Community Policing program was host to the county's first motorcycle patrol.
The Community Police Officer for Leonardtown utilizes a marked patrol car and a police equipped "mountain bike" to patrol Leonardtown's streets and neighborhoods. The Mountain Bike Program was established in 1998 and used to provide an increased presence in areas frequented by juveniles. The Community Police Officer for Leonardtown frequently provides bike safety programs in the schools and neighborhoods of Leonardtown. The Community Police Officer for Leonardtown also conducts a variety of crime prevention programs for Leonardtown's citizens.
In addition to the duties outlined above, the Community Police Officer for Leonardtown also participates in after-school programs at Leonardtown Middle School, as well as programs at Father Andrew White, Leonardtown Elementary and St. Mary's Ryken High School. All of the duties of the Community Police Officer help foster a better working relationship between local law enforcement and the community that they serve.