Frederick County Sheriff's Office (Maryland)

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Frederick County Sheriff's Office
Flag of Frederick County, Maryland
Flag of Frederick County, Maryland
Common nameFrederick County Sheriff's Office
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionU.S.
Operational structure
Agency executive
  • Charles A. Jenkins, Sheriff

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) is the primary law enforcement agency serving a population of 222,938 residents within the 662.88 square miles (1,717 km2) area of Frederick County, Maryland.[1]

Frederick County M20 now sitting at the Aberdeen Ordnance Museum storage lot, March 2008


The Sheriff's office is organized into two divisions: the Operations Division and the Administrative Services Division.

Operations Division[edit]

This division consists of three operating units: Patrol, Special, and Judicial operations units.

Sections within the Patrol unit include the Patrol, Canine, Traffic, Community Deputies, and Honor Guard sections.

The Special Operations unit comprises the Criminal Investigations, Gaming, Pawn, Special Assignment, Task Force, and Crime Analysis sections. A juvenile specialist, evidence custodian, and the Special Services Team are also part of Special Operations.

A Civil Process unit, Child Support section, Court Security force, and Alarms/Permits unit are part of Judicial Operations.

Administrative Services Division[edit]

Services provided by this division are organized into four functional service sections: Training, Personnel, Fiscal, and Support.

Training Services includes the In-Service Training, Police Academy Training, Field Training, Intern Program, Citizens Police Academy, and Community Assistance Patrol Academy sections.

Personnel Services includes the Background/Recruiting, Polygraph, and Accreditation sections.

Fiscal Services comprises the Budget Development and Management, Planning & Research, Grants, Capital Improvement Projects, Purchasing, Quartermaster, Agency Property Management, and Billing Coordination sections.

Support Services includes the Police Information Specialist, Records Section, Fleet Management, Building Management, Victim Services, School Resource Section, Community Services Section, Crime Prevention, Youth Services, Crossing Guards, Reserve Deputies, and Volunteer sections.


The sheriff's office shares its headquarters building with the local Maryland State Police unit and the Frederick County Emergency Communications Center. The building is at 110 Airport Drive East, Frederick, MD 21701.

Misconduct by officers[edit]

Sergeant Theodore Randolph "Randy" Dorsey was indicted in November 2006 on arson charges related to destroying his vehicle as part of an insurance scam.[2]

Deputy Sam Bowman was indicted in 2011 on several charges of having sexually abused a 14-year-old girl. He was assigned as a school resource officer at Walkersville High School.[3]

In December 2013, Deputy First Class Todd Joia was charged with entry without breaking in nearby Berkeley County, West Virginia. The case is related to the theft of more than two thousand dollars from a pair of gambling machines. The deputy was suspended when his arrest was made known to his department.[4] In February 2014, he resigned from the office, was sentenced to a year on probation and restitution.[5]

During the same week, Deputy First Class Kevin Darnell White was suspended when he was arrested for an off-duty drunken assault in nearby Hagerstown, Maryland. He was also suspended and later acquitted of all charges.[6]

Recent deaths of suspects questioned[edit]

Daniel Vail[edit]

At one o'clock in the morning on 10 January 2013, deputies dressed in military gear tried to conduct a no-knock arrest warrant on nineteen-year-old Daniel Vail. Vail was wanted in a nearby county for a home invasion. The deputies threw a stun grenade into Vail's bedroom to disorient him. Unnamed deputies said the naked man had a shotgun in his hands. After the deputies ordered him to drop the weapon, they fired eighteen bullets, killing Vail. An internal investigation by the Frederick County Sheriff's Office cleared the deputies of any wrongdoing.[7]

Ethan Saylor[edit]

On 12 January 2013, three Frederick County sheriff's deputies were out of uniform while working after hours as security guards. They were called to a movie theater where a man with Down syndrome refused to leave the cinema after the movie was over. The three, Lieutenant Scott Jewell, Sergeant Rich Rochford, and Deputy First Class James Harris, confronted Ethan Saylor and his caregiver. In the confrontation the three men fell on the 26-year-old Saylor and handcuffed him. He then died of asphyxiation. A grand jury did not return any charges in the case. As of July 25, 2013 the federal Department of Justice was investigating Saylor's death as a civil rights case.[8][9][10][11][12][13]


  • Commission on Accreditation (CAC) American Correctional Association
  • Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA)
  • National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census Quick Facts". Archived from the original on 2011-07-10.
  2. ^ Md. Deputy Sheriff Indicted on Arson Charge, by David Dishneau, 22 November 2006,
  3. ^ Frederick sheriff's deputy facing more teen sex charges, by the Associated Press, 21 May 2011,
  4. ^ Frederick, Md., sheriff's office suspends 2nd deputy this week; charged in W.Va. slots theft, the Associated Press, 20 December 2013
  5. ^ Frederick County, Md., deputy pleads guilty to larceny in theft from W.Va. slot machines, by the Associated Press, 26 February 2014
  6. ^ Frederick County sheriff's deputy suspended after assault in Hagerstow=n, by Daniel J. Gross, 19 December 2013, Frederick News Post
  7. ^ Michael S. Rosenwald (14 June 2013). "Questions arise after a 19-year-old suspect is killed in raid by Frederick County deputies". Washington Post.
  8. ^ Theresa Vargas (22 March 2013). "Grand jury rejects criminal charges in death of Robert Saylor, man with Down syndrome". Washington Post.
  9. ^ David Dishneau (26 March 2013). "Robert Ethan Saylor, Disabled Man Who Died In Custody, Had Heart Problem". Huffington Post.
  10. ^ Theresa Vargas (20 February 2013). "Md. man with Down syndrome who died in police custody loved law enforcement". Washington Post.
  11. ^ Theresa Vargas (16 July 2013). "Aide to man with Down syndrome who died in theater had warned police, report says". Washington Post.
  12. ^ James Mulvaney (9 March 2013). "Why did Robert Ethan Saylor die? (editorial)". Washington Post.
  13. ^ "Ethan Saylor's Death Deservedly Under Investigation Again". Washington Post. July 25, 2013.

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