Sher­iff’s of­fice sees busy first quar­ter

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — Dur­ing the Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing on Tues­day, May 10, Sgt. Duke John­son with the Queen Anne’s County Of­fice of the Sher­iff gave a re­port on its field op­er­a­tions di­vi­sion.

From Jan. 1 through March 25, the of­fice re­sponded to 8,148 com­plaints or calls to ser­vice which gen­er­ated 402 ini­tial of­fense reports and 214 crim­i­nal ar­rests, John­son said.

“The ef­forts of the field op­er­a­tions di­vi­sion aided in the sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in var­i­ous crimes through­out our county,” he said.

Two ad­di­tional K-9 pa­trol and nar­cotics dogs were added to the sher­iff’s of­fice’s K-9 unit. John­son said Dfc. Brad Mor­ris and K-9 Spike com­pleted a train­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram, and Dep. Mike Pi­asecki with K-9 Zoro be­came cer­ti­fied as well.

Adding to the unit, Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann ac­cepted Bella, a blood­hound from Del­marva K-9, as a do­na­tion. Bella will be used to lo­cate lost and miss­ing per­sons, John­son said.

Deputy Chris Ahearn and K-9 Blek com­pleted 25 ve­hi­cle scans and re­sulted in 27 ar­rests, aided in the seizure of $2,077 as well as the seizure of three ve­hi­cles from the scans, John­son said.

John­son said the of­fice is fo­cus­ing on se­nior safety in re­gards to scams. John­son said the top scams are some­one pre­tend­ing to be the IRS and mak­ing threats, and peo­ple act­ing like a grand­child and re­quest­ing money for lawyers and bail be­cause they claim to be in jail. “And, un­for­tu­nately, there’s peo­ple be­ing preyed on ev­ery day,” he said.

Other sta­tis­tics as of May 10: 82 emer­gency call hangups, 76 aban­doned or dis­abled ve­hi­cles, 388 ad­min­is­tra­tive calls, 337 alarm calls, 12 an­i­mal com­plaints and two ar­sons, one at­tempt to lo­cate, three bomb threats, 19 bur­glar­ies, four child abuse cases, 67 civil mat­ters, 142 civil pro­cesses serviced, 20 con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stances, 93 dis­tur­bances, and 36 emer­gency pe­ti­tions.

John­son said there were 43 as­saults, 78 as­sist­ing non-law en­force­ment agen­cies, such as fire and emer­gency ser­vices, and 224 as­sist­ing other law agen­cies, such as the Maryland State Po­lice and the De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice. John­son said there were six mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents re­sult­ing in per­sonal in­jury, 853 pa­trol checks of lo­cal busi­nesses com­pleted, six sex of­fenses and 203 sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­i­ties re­port.Other sta­tis­tics as of May 10: 82 9/11 hangups, 76 aban­doned/dis­abled ve­hi­cles, 388 ad­min­is­tra­tive calls, 337 alarm calls, 12 an­i­mal com­plaints and 2 ar­sons, one at­tempt to lo­cate, three bomb threats, 19 bur­glar­ies, four child abuse cases, 67 civil mat­ters, 142 civil pro­cesses serviced, 20 con­trolled and dan­ger­ous sub­stances, 93 dis­tur­bances, 36 emer­gency pe­ti­tions.

John­son said there were 43 as­saults, 78 as­sist­ing non-law en­force­ment agen­cies, such as fire and emer­gency ser­vices, and 224 as­sist­ing other law agen­cies, such as the Maryland State Po­lice and the De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice. John­son said there were six mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents re­sult­ing in per­sonal in­jury, 853 pa­trol checks of lo­cal busi­nesses com­pleted, six sex of­fenses and 203 sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­i­ties re­port.

“I like to see that num­ber high be­cause with the com­mu­nity, when they’re call­ing in sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity com­plaints, it means they’re help­ing us do our job,” John­son said. “Any­thing that looks strange, give us a call. I want to see that num­ber much higher.”

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

The Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers pro­claimed Po­lice Week at their Tues­day, May 10, meet­ing. From left: Com­mis­sion­ers Steve Wil­son and Jim Mo­ran, Dfc. Ryan David­son, Cpl. Maria Bas­saro, Sgt. Duke John­ston, Sgt. Jeremy David­son and Com­mis­sion­ers Robert Buckey, Jack Wil­son and Mark An­der­son.

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