Hof­mann presents po­lice re­port to county com­mis­sion

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

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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