Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter an­nounces Au­gust events

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The Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter will host Bark in the Park 7 p.m. Mon­day, Aug. 15, and Mon­day, Aug. 29, at the Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium, 11765 St. Li­nus Drive, Wal­dorf.

Na­tional Black Cat Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day will be Wednes­day, Aug. 17, when all adop­tion fees for black cats will be waived.

The Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter is lo­cated at 6707 An­i­mal Shel­ter Road in Hugh­esville. Shel­ter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-9031992. Adop­tion hours are Mon­day-Fri­day, noon to 5 p.m. and Satur­day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To view an­i­mals avail­able for adop­tion, go to www. CharlesCoun­tyMD. gov/es/an­i­mal­shel­ter/ tri-county-an­i­mal-shel­ter or www.petfinder.com/ shel­ters/MD112.html. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Vol­un­teers needed for Day of Car­ing

United Way of Charles County will host its 22nd An­nual Day of Car­ing on Sept. 1. The event has been a Septem­ber com­mu­nity tra­di­tion since 1995 where part­ner agen­cies are able to have vol­un­teers come in and take care of some of their needs.

This year, 14 agen­cies with 32 projects were sub­mit­ted, re­quir­ing more than 240 vol­un­teers. Some of this years projects are gar­den­ing, land­scap­ing, arts and crafts, in­door and out­door paint­ing, meal de­liv­ery, con­struc­tion type jobs and an IT/web­site pro­ject, among oth­ers.

The day be­gins at 7:30 a.m. at the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees, with a light break­fast be­fore head­ing out to the var­i­ous lo­ca­tions. T-shirts are avail­able to vol­un­teers. Bring a bagged lunch, snacks and ad­di­tional bev­er­ages for the du­ra­tion.

To vol­un­teer for the event, re­view the vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties and down­load the reg­is­tra­tion form at http://www. unit­ed­way­charles.org/ day-car­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call United Way of Charles County at 301-609-4844 or email dhad­den@unit­ed­way­charles.org.

The dead­line to sign up is Aug. 26.

Po­lice ac­cred­i­ta­tion team seek­ing pub­lic com­ment

A team of as­ses­sors from the Com­mis­sion on Ac­cred­i­ta­tion for Law En­force­ment Agen­cies (CALEA) will ar­rive Aug. 1 to ex­am­ine all as­pects of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice poli­cies and pro­ce­dures, man­age­ment, op­er­a­tions and sup­port ser­vices as part of the agency’s con­tin­ued ef­forts to main­tain its ac­cred­i­ta­tion. The sher­iff’s of­fice is seek­ing its sixth re-ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

“The pur­pose of this visit by the team of as­ses­sors is to con­firm the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice con­tin­ues to meet the com­mis­sion’s stan­dards and is part of a vol­un­tary process to main­tain CALEA ac­cred­i­ta­tion,” said Sher­iff Troy D. Berry (D) in a press re­lease.

Dur­ing the on-site as­sess­ment, agency em­ploy­ees and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are in­vited to com­ment at a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sion 7 p.m. Mon­day, Aug. 1, in the train­ing class­room lo­cated at the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Head­quar­ters, 6915 Crain High­way, La Plata.

Any per­son who can­not speak at the pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sion but would still like to pro­vide com­ments to the as­sess­ment team may do so by tele­phone. Calls will be taken by the as­sess­ment team at 301-609-6517 from 2-4 p.m. Tues­day, Aug. 2. Tele­phone com­ments as well as ap­pear­ances at the pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sion are lim­ited to 10 min­utes and must ad­dress the agency’s abil­ity to com­ply with CALEA stan­dards. The CALEA stan­dards are avail­able for re­view from the of­fice of plan­ning and ac­cred­i­ta­tion at the sher­iff’s of­fice head­quar­ters. The plan­ning and ac­cred­i­ta­tion of­fice may be con­tacted at 301-609-6419.

Any­one wish­ing to of­fer writ­ten com­ments about the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice’s abil­ity to meet the stan­dards for ac­cred­i­ta­tion may write to John Gre­gory, re­gional pro­gram man­ager, at the Com­mis­sion on Ac­cred­i­ta­tion for Law En­force­ment Agen­cies Inc., 13575 Heath­cote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

“CALEA as­ses­sors are law en­force­ment pro­fes­sion­als from agen­cies lo­cated some dis­tance away in or­der to main­tain the ob­jec­tiv­ity of the as­sess­ment process,” said Danny John­son, the agency’s deputy di­rec­tor of plan­ning and ac­cred­i­ta­tion, in the press re­lease.

The as­ses­sors this year are Ma­jor Paul Baggett, Polk County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Lake­land, Fla., and Lt. Vir­gil Hubbard, Knoxville Po­lice Depart­ment, Knoxville, Tenn. They will re­view writ­ten ma­te­ri­als, in­ter­view in­di­vid­u­als and visit of­fices and other places where com­pli­ance with CALEA stan­dards can be ver­i­fied. Once the com­mis­sion’s as­ses­sors com­plete their re­view of the agency, they re­port to the full com­mis­sion, which will then de­cide if the agency is to be re-ac­cred­ited.

Ac­cred­i­ta­tion is for three years, dur­ing which the agency must sub­mit an­nual re­ports af­firm­ing con­tin­ued com­pli­ance with those stan­dards un­der which it was ac­cred­ited. For more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing CALEA, call 800-368-3757 or 703-352-4225, or go to www.calea.org.

Haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion sched­uled for Aug. 6

The Charles County Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works will hold the next house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion on Satur­day, Aug. 6. The house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion site is lo­cated in the park­ing lot of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works build­ing, lo­cated at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Ra­dio Sta­tion Road in La Plata. Col­lec­tion hours are 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the Charles County Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sources Di­vi­sion at 301-932-3599 or 301-8702778, or the land­fill and re­cy­cling in­for­ma­tion line at 301-932-5656. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

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