Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff, deputies sworn in

The Kent Island Bay Times - - News - By KRIS­TIAN JAIME

160,000 in­ter­ac­tions with the pub­lic. Not one time has any is­sue come be­fore the com­mis­sion­ers, which is a tes­ti­mony to the ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­fi­ciency of the depart­ment.”

The tra­di­tion of a sher­iff serv­ing the county started in 1708 and has in­cluded 73 in­di­vid­u­als at that post. Re­cent cam­paigns by the depart­ment such as Queen Anne’s County Goes Pur­ple high­lights the chang­ing face of polic­ing.

The use of body cam­eras and ad­di­tional train­ing in the ad­min­is­ter­ing of Nar­can in over­doses un­der­score the evolv­ing role of deputies. For that rea­son, speak­ers through­out the evening praised the depart­ment for their ap­proach for deal­ing with the pub­lic.

Among the more solemn mo­ments was the recog­ni­tion of an empty sher­iff’s hat and pair of white gloves in honor of those mem­bers of the depart­ment who have passed away. Fi­nally, those sworn in, in­clud­ing Hof­mann and his en­tire com­mand staff, af­fixed their sig­na­ture to the for­mal ledger for pos­ter­ity.

“I know the pub­lic holds my­self and my staff to the high­est level of hon­esty and in­tegrity per­form­ing the task of polic­ing that keeps our kids, our fam­i­lies and our neigh­bors safe,” said Hof­mann.

PHOTO BY LAU­REN MOSES

Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann, left, ad­dressed his deputies fol­low­ing their oath of of­fice dur­ing the cer­e­mony held Thurs­day, Jan. 3.

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