Last month I received a letter
inquiring about our Town deputies. Because there was no
return address, I was unable to respond to the resident who
wrote it. Since I thought the question might also be of
interest to other residents, I am responding to everyone.
The Town contracts with the
Frederick County Sheriff's office to provide Emmitsburg with
2 deputies. When the Sheriff's office contracts with a
municipality to provide deputies, the contract is specific
to name each deputy. Therefore, the Town is not contracting
for a specific number of hours, but for specific employees.
This means, when our contract deputy
is on any type of leave, the town will be short staffed.
When we are expected to be short staffed for an extended
period of time (more then 5 days), the Sheriff's office will
assign another deputy to the Town.
Along with the deputies that the
Town contracts for, the Frederick County Sheriff's office is
also required to provided routine patrol checks with the
deputies that are assigned to the northern part of Frederick
County. These deputies must also respond to emergency calls
As for patrolling the streets more
than they do: You have to understand that we only contract
for 2 deputies; this is the biggest reason that you don't
see them more often. The 2 deputies that are currently
assigned to Emmitsburg are very active in their patrols,
both riding and walking. The deputies have been instructed
to enforce the traffic speed coming in to town. These
instructions are due to residents voicing their concerns to
the Town Council for many years.
Although the Town does not receive
any of the money collected from traffic enforcement, the
enforcement is done as a matter of public safety. The
deputies are also required to patrol the Town's sewer and
water plants, both of which are outside of the Town limits.
The Frederick County Sheriff's
office, not Emmitsburg, provides direct supervision to the
deputies. For several years I was also concerned about the
lack of control the Town had over the contracted deputy's
responsibility. It appeared to me that we received very
little support from the Sheriff's office. But over the last
6 months the Sheriff's office has made tremendous
improvements to our service.
I have spoken with our deputies, the
Sheriff, and to the Sergeant responsible for the supervision
of our deputies. The Sheriff's Office has been very
cooperative in adjusting the deputies schedules to provide
the most police coverage at most critical hours. Additional
shifts are covering random hours to prevent the criminal
element from becoming familiar with a set routine.
At the start of our new budget year,
I hope to be able to provide additional police coverage
through the means of hiring off duty Frederick County
deputies to cover the hours that our contracted deputies are
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the town office, or e-mail
me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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