Safe Exchange Zone Parking

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office now hosts two Safe Exchange Zone Parking locations thanks to the efforts of Jaden Arnold and his crew for his Eagle Scout project.

The designated Safe Exchange Zone Parking locations are now at the Sheriff's Office District 1 Station in Charlotte Hall and at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters in Leonardtown. Under video surveillance by the Sheriff's Office, the Safe Exchange Zone Parking locations are marked by posted signs for child custody exchanges, in-person transactions or meeting with a buyer or seller for online transactions.

Sheriff Tim Cameron called Arnold's Eagle Scout project "true community service." The Safe Exchange Zone Parking locations "turned out better than I could have hoped for. Awesome work!" the Sheriff said.

After coordinating with the Sheriff's Office, Jaden and his crew spent two days on Oct. 3-4, 2020 on the two locations, clearing and cleaning the designated parking spots, removing oil and gasoline residue so the paint would properly adhere. The spaces were then painted bright yellow with white lines and signs were posted.

Future plans include creating Safe Exchange Zone Parking locations at the Sheriff’s Office District 3 and District 4 Stations.