Saboury joins sher­iff’s of­fice as chief analyst

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Calendar - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Join­ing the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice for the sec­ond time, Joe Saboury has re­turned to act as chief man­age­ment analyst. Sabour y came on board in De­cem­ber of last year and has spent the first part of 2018 con­duct­ing crime anal­y­sis for the county.

Saboury brings with him ex­pe­ri­ence from work­ing most re­cently with the Mary­land State Po­lice where he re­tired in April 2017 as com­man­der of the Eastern Shore Re­gional In­tel­li­gence Cen­ter. Saboury had worked with county sher­iff’s of­fice in 1993 after leav­ing the Army, where he also worked pro­vid­ing in­tel­li­gence. He was sworn in then along­side cur­rent Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann and he served for five years be­fore mov­ing over to MSP.

Saboury said it is his ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with MSP that he is able to bring to the sher­iff’s of­fice. Us­ing col­lected data can help al­lo­cate pa­trol re­sources to po­ten­tially re­duce crime, he said, in part by look­ing at crime group­ings such as ge­o­graphic ar­eas, and day and time of week. The use of this data is not only help­ful in cre­at­ing re­ports, but keep­ing in real time to pro­vide as­sis­tance to pa­trol deputies.

As analyst for the de­part­ment, Saboury is also very in­volved in cap­tur­ing anal­y­sis on the opi­oid is­sue, gath­er­ing de­mo­graph­ics and use trends. He has also been in­stru­men­tal in re­view­ing ex­ist­ing poli­cies and pro­ce­dures for both ad­min­is­tra­tion and op­er­a­tions within the de­part­ment. Th­ese re­views en­hance the way we po­lice, he said, and en­sure we are in com­pli­ance with reg­u­la­tions.

The po­si­tion of heroin co­or­di­na­tor is also cov­ered un­der Sabour y’s purview and is a full-time job in it­self, said Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann. Not­ing that the county has al­ways been ahead of the cur ve with data and trends, Hof­mann said Saboury’s con­tri­bu­tions to the de­part­ment are vi­tal to op­er­a­tions. Even be­fore Saboury joined the de­part­ment in De­cem­ber, Hof­mann said he would fre­quently call upon him for sta­tis­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion.

Saboury has also been part of the de­part­ment’s move to ed­u­cate and pro­vide ac­tive as­sailant train­ing to schools and other busi­nesses within the county. As a na­tion­ally cer­ti­fied in­struc­tor, Saboury pro­vided train­ing to county em­ploy­ees and, by the end of Septem­ber, he said ev­ery teacher, prin­ci­pal, vice prin­ci­pal, bus op­er­a­tor, cus­to­dian, sec­re­tary, and cafe­te­ria em­ployee in Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools will be trained in pre-at­tack in­di­ca­tors and how to re­spond if some­thing were to hap­pen in the schools.

Saboury said school safety is a topic he is ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about. We need to ac­knowl­edge th­ese threats ex­ist and know how to iden­tify and re­spond to them, he said.

“We talk to our kids about seat belts, bi­cy­cle safety, and drugs,” he said, “we need to talk to them about this. Are you see­ing some­thing?”

In July, Saboury said the Se­cret Ser­vice re­leased a re­port that said 81 per­cent of the time some­one else was aware that the in­di­vid­ual was plan­ning an at­tack be­fore the in­ci­dent oc­curred. “That num­ber is stag­ger­ing,” said Saboury.

The de­part­ment’s safety and aware­ness cam­paign con­tin­ues as they reach out to churches, day care cen­ters and pri­vate schools within the com­mu­nity.

Saboury is also in­volved in con­duct­ing back­ground checks for the de­part­ment’s new hires — both civil­ian and sworn — and act­ing as a firearms in­struc­tor.

A res­i­dent of Cen­tre­ville, Saboury grad­u­ated from Queen Anne’s County High School and lives with his wife and two chil­dren. He is ac­tive in the com­mu­nity coach­ing base­ball and in­door soc­cer teams and serves on the town’s Board of Zon­ing Ap­peals. He is a for­mer board mem­ber with the Cor­sica River Conser vancy. Saboury said he en­joys spend­ing time with his fam­ily and boat­ing in his free time.

Chief Man­age­ment Analyst Joe Saboury joined the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice at the end of 2017.

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