Montgomery County Sheriff's Office (Maryland)

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A Montgomery County Sheriff's Office cruiser blocks off a street in Silver Spring, Maryland in October 2008, at the scene of a car fire.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) is a nationally accredited American law enforcement agency and acts as the enforcement arm of the courts in Montgomery County, Maryland. All deputy sheriffs are fully certified law enforcement officials with full authority of arrest.[1]


The duties of the MCSO are as follows:[2]

  • Courthouse security
  • Criminal warrant Service
  • Prisoner Transportation and Extraditions
  • Domestic Violence Intervention
  • Canine Unit
  • Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Criminal and Civil Court Order Service
  • Child support enforcement
  • Eviction Unit
  • Fugitive Task-Force
  • School Resource Deputies
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Patrol


Nationally accredited in 1995, the current Sheriff is Darren M. Popkin. The MCSO has authorized over 165 employees consisting of sworn law enforcement officers and civilian support staff.[3]


Created in 1777, the MCSO is the oldest law enforcement agency in Montgomery County.[4]

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