Hofmann presents police report to county commission
CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hofmann told the Queen Anne’s County Commission that burglaries, thefts and driving while intoxicated cases are down countywide compared to last year but vandalism has increased.
The biggest community complaints his office receives are speeding, scams and drug activity, Hofmann said in his update on activity at the commission’s June 12 meeting.
Hofmann said one scam that’s been reported throughout the county deals with a caller claiming they are from the Internal Revenue Service who states the person owes taxes and threatens them with arrest if they do not pay with a Green Dot prepaid card. Hofmann said the IRS doesn’t make phone calls but sends letters instead.
In regards to drug activity, Hofmann said the office is focusing on education with community groups. When a deputy arrives on the scene of a drug situation, deputies now have a pamphlet of information they give to the person with information about community resources to help with addiction and recovery.
“Normally we respond from call to call to call, but now we’re actually trying to meet with the families and talk to them before the person’s addiction spirals out of control,” Hofmann said. “I personally met with a lot of the health care providers here in the community and all of them are very willing to help and jumped on board to help with treatment and education.”
Hofmann told the commission about the reaccreditation process the office went through early last week through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The CALEA process involved assessors reviewing polices, procedures, management, operations and support services as well as listening to verbal and written comments from the public.
Hofmann said the office is receiving about 2,100 calls per month compared with 2,200 during the same time period in 2015. That works out to about 71 calls per day this year.
Statistics from January through June include 118 hangups to 911, 131 abandon/disabled vehicles, 746 administrative calls, 649 alarm calls, 36 animal complaints, two arsons, two attempts to locate, three bomb threats, 39 burglaries, 10 child abuse cases, 152 civil matters, 308 civil processes served, 42 possession of controlled and dangerous substances, 201 disturbances and 73 emergency petitions.
A call sheet created by the sheriff’s office lists 79 assaults, 446 assisting with other law agencies such as the Maryland State Police and Natural Resources Police, 14 motor vehicle crashes resulting in personal injury, 1,658 patrol checks of local businesses completed, 11 sexual offenses and 403 suspicious activity reports.
Since January, the county’s Drug Task Force, a multi-agency task force focused on combating drug dealers throughout the county, conducted 77 investigations. The Drug Task Force also executed 37 search and seizure warrants, made 46 possession of controlled and dangerous substance arrests, seized 713.9 grams of marijuana, six guns, 412 grams of cocaine, six grams of crack cocaine, 21 grams of heroin and 842 prescription pills. The Task Force also seized $65,116 and 18 vehicles valued at $97,600.
Commissioners Mark Anderson and Robert Buckey thanked Hofmann and his office for attending the multi-cultural Sunday dinner held July in Centreville. Anderson said, “We’re so far ahead of the curve in trying to develop relationships, communication (and) understanding” and that tipped his hat to them for being active participants.
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