Police substation to open in Sudlersville
SUDLERSVILLE — In about 30 days, the Queen Anne County’s Sheriff’s Office will open a police substation at the town of Sudlersville’s office at 200 South Church Street, providing what the sheriff calls continued law enforcement support for the area.
The town government and the sheriffs’s office have signed a one-year automatic renewal agreement for the substation and no fee is charged to the sheriff’s office, said Jo Manning, town manager, at the town commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday, April 5.
About four months ago, the town commissioners agreed to it. “When set up, it will be a presence in the town,” Manning said.
The substation won’t be manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but as Sheriff Gary Hofmann said, it “will be used for town relations. It will be used as a place for [deputy] report writing and any needs the community needs.”
For example, he said, a deputy could meet with a citizen at the substation about issues.
“I think it helps continued support for a police presence in the area. I think in the last year, we had a very dedicated presence of law enforcement in that area,” he said.
He explained that about a year ago, a deputy was committed 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the areas of Sudlersville, Barclay and Templeville. With Route 301 acting as a dividing line, there is another deputy dedicated all the time to the areas of Church Hill and Kingston.
“So we have a minimum of two deputies all the time north of Centreville,” Hofmann said.
That doesn’t include the state police, he said, and police from Chestertown and Kent County can respond, if necessary. The sheriff’s office “always has two deputies up there, relying on other jurisdictions to back up us,” he said.
For the substation, police will use the town office’s middle office, which has to be wired for police technology. Hofmann said he isn’t sure if signage will be used for the substation.
As for crime in Sudlersville, Hofmann said the sheriff’s office has occasional drug activity in the town, which “unfortunately is a national and countywide concern.”
The sheriff office also receives theft complaints, but also complaints about kids walking around in the park. “The issue of people loitering in the park and things like that. That’s really what parks are for, but we do understand. It’s mischievous as well, kids hanging around with nothing to do,” he said.
Sudlersville crime statistics are low, but any crime is a concern or issue, he said, adding that “Our number one goal is fewer crimes.”
The sheriff’s office already has a substation in Chester at Kent Narrows, which has been operational for more than 15 years, and the substation planned in Sudlersville will be equal to it in the type of operation.
Hofmann said the Kent Narrows substation has been successful. “It’s a place a deputy can go, meet with these people. The place the [deputies] can go and do reports .... Anytime we can get a deputy in the community, it’s a priority,” he said.
The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office plans to open a substation at the Sudlersville town office.
SHERIFF GARY HOFMANN