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Agency Overview


Bureau of Field Operations

The Bureau of Field Operations focuses on the specific delivery of the agency's civil and criminal related services to the Community.

The Criminal Operations Division focuses on supporting the courts criminal functions. Its members maintain criminal histories, manage investigations, and arrest wanted individuals on outstanding warrants. The division maintains liaison and working relationships with federal, state, and local authorities, provides for the entry and removal of warrants on various databases as well as the storage and maintenance of criminal files.

The Warrant Data Processing Section maintains the computer database with information from the nearly 22,000 arrest warrants received by the agency each year. Information is updated to the database following each arrest and then shared with the law enforcement community throughout the county. Criminal statistics are compiled from each arrest and information obtained from defendants.

The Records Section maintains physical custody of all arrest warrants and arrest records of over 300,000 defendants as well as the accumulated paperwork surrounding each investigation.

The Fugitive Unit is the investigative unit assigned to locate wanted persons in other states and return them to stand trial for their crimes. The unit searches for fugitives locally, and for wanted persons in jails and prisons throughout the country. The most active in the region, our Fugitive Unit is recognized regionally and statewide for its technical expertise.

The Warrant Control Unit conducts preliminary investigations and manages the caseload assigned to deputies for apprehension. Information obtained by these investigators is updated on the agency database before warrants are assigned to deputies for service.

The Warrant Section locates and arrests individuals in Prince George's County who are wanted on arrest warrants. These deputies are also detailed to out-of-state extraditions.

The Child Support Enforcement Unit is tasked with pursuing delinquent parents in child support cases. Since its inception in 1981, the unit has served over 37,000 child support warrants.

Recognized locally, nationally and internationally for its initiatives and performance, the Federal Government frequently refers to the unit as a model for use by agencies seeking to establish similar units.

The Domestic Violence Unit was established in 1993 in response to the increased awareness of the scope of these crimes. It was the first such unit in the State and has been used as a standard for the creation of similar units throughout the country.

In 1998, the Family Violence Council awarded the unit its Outstanding Achievement Award for Law Enforcement. The highest volume of the unit's work is centered on the service of Protective Orders.

The State has made great progress in providing mechanisms to better protect victims of domestic violence. The scope of persons to be protected has been expanded. Protective orders are now effective for up to a year and are required to be entered on the Maryland Interagency Law Enforcement Computer System.

The Civil Division focuses on delivery of the courts civil agenda to the community. Examples of this focus include enforcement of court orders and notifications of pending court actions. Our actual services range from delivery of summonses to seizure of property such as automobiles, business inventory, or real property.

The Civil Data Processing Section collects information from and manages physical service of 40,000 Civil Court actions each year. Additionally, service to over 300 criminal defendants is facilitated without the use of field resources by sending each defendant a letter requesting that they respond to Upper Marlboro for service of Charging documents.

The Landlord Tenant Section is responsible for the service of 150,000 summonses a year, for non-payment of rent. This unit also enforces final foreclosure orders. A copy of each summons is mailed to the defendant. Another copy is posted on the premises notifying tenants of the pending court date. In addition, the section is responsible for enforcement of roughly 36,000 Warrants of Restitution or Eviction Orders it receives each year.

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Bureau of Court Services

The Bureau of Court Services concentrates on the immediate needs and security of the Courts and its visitors.

On an average day, the Bureau is responsible for maintaining a secured environment for 32 court rooms and 20 security details. In addition, the Bureau receives prisoners from other facilities, transports 31,000 prisoners from the Correctional Center each year, makes 700 arrests for outstanding warrants, serves civil process, interviews 8,000 victims of domestic violence, interviews petitioners for Court Ordered Emergency Psychiatric Orders, and responds to disturbances in and around the Courts' facilities.

The agency is under court order to staff each criminal courtroom with two deputies. The order further requires that two deputies attend for all contested domestic related cases with issues involving child custody, visitation, property, or child support. We face critical safety concerns in Jury, Felony, and High Security Trials. Deputies must divide their attention between handling detained felons and security of courtrooms, exposing Judges, courtroom personnel, and the public to potentially dangerous risks.

The Circuit Court recently established a Family Court Division to consolidate all matters dealing with the family. As these courts become operational, we anticipate additional security and enforcement needs to accommodate them.

The Building Security Division

provides security to the Justice Centers by screening entrants and their belongings using metal detectors, X-ray machines, and a bomb dog. Controlled access equipment allows employees to enter at specific doors during peak hours.

Closed Circuit Television cameras are used to view sensitive areas of the building. Roving patrols are used to keep a close check on all areas of the buildings. During court hours we monitor four entrances in Upper Marlboro, and one in Hyattsville. The monitors are staffed around the clock

During non-court hours we provide access to the building at one entrance, monitor control rooms and perform security patrols. A bomb dog and handler are deployed to screen suspicious items. Fire and bomb threat evacuations are labor intensive, and require a coordinated effort from personnel throughout the agency. Threats against court personnel, victims, and witnesses also require that divisions pool resources for swift resolution. The Victim/Witness Protection Unit provides external security for such instances.

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Bureau of Administration & Support

The Bureau of Administration & Civil Support focuses on the agency's administrative function.

The Training Section is responsible for administering, coordinating and recording all training given to agency personnel. Deputies are required, by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission, to receive 18 hours of in-service training annually. Training includes classes in firearm safety, use of force, and liability issues with the recent addition of judgmental shooting.

The Office of Policy Compliance encompasses the Internal Affairs Unit, the Staff Inspections Unit, and the Applicant Investigation Unit. The Internal Affairs Unit provides authority and control over citizen complaints and disciplinary matters, necessary to ensure the integrity of the agency. The Staff Inspections Unit promotes standards for professional excellence and ensures departmental compliance with policy and procedure. This unit identifies problem areas so that proactive solutions can be initiated. The Applicant Investigation Unit develops and implements in-house processes to ensure that the most qualified candidates are selected for employment.

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Public Information/Community Affairs Office

The Office of Public Information/Community Affairs is responsible for the dissemination of important or newsworthy information to the public through media outlets and press releases. The unit is also charged with the duty of handling all requests for the agency's appearances at all civic, community, and school events.

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Bureau of Administrative Services

The Bureau of Administrative Services provides general administrative support to the office including recruiting and hiring, training, background investigations, payroll, purchasing, automation, vehicle maintenance, supply and budget related functions. The Assistant Sheriff directs research and development of policies, procedures, and regulations to meet professional standards developed for law enforcement agencies. Administrative personnel organize in-service and specialized training of deputies and the annual weapons qualification, as required by the Maryland Police Training Commission.

The Human Resources Division

The Personnel Section maintains personnel files and benefit packages. Staff ensures that every agency employee is properly classified and compensated appropriately. Staff also ensures agency compliance with both federal and county employment regulations.

The Applicant Recruiting Officer coordinates with the Applicant Investigation Group to hire qualified applicants for both sworn and civilian positions. The AIG staff performs background checks, conducts interviews, and coordinates pre-employment testing. Recruiters attend job fairs and other local and regional events to obtain the best candidates.

The Planning and Policy Development Officer updates and distributes agency general orders and standard operating procedures. Staff members review new legislation proposed in the Maryland General Assembly and Prince George's County Council to assess the effect on the agency and citizens. This section is also responsible for coordinating health and safety management programs in the agency.

The Training Section is responsible for administering, coordinating and recording all training given to agency personnel. Deputies are required, by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission, to successfully complete an initial six month training at an accredited Police Training Academy. Thereafter, deputies receive a minimum of 18 hours of in-service training annually and must remain certified as law enforcement officers by the State of Maryland Training includes classes in firearm safety, use of force, and liability issues with the recent addition of judgmental shooting.

The Fiscal Affairs Division

The Budget Section is responsible for preparation, monitoring and administration of the Sheriff's Office finances. This includes producing the annual budget submission, grant management, monitoring revenue resources and receipts, payroll, finalizing the order of goods and services for the agency and paying for goods and services received.

The Supply Services Section receives, inspects, and distributes goods and services, maintains a sufficient inventory, tracks requisitions, and stores all equipment and supplies. The staff assists agency employees with purchase requests and obtaining emergency items. The agency armor is assigned to this section and is responsible for inspection, safe storage, maintenance and replacement of agency firearms. The armorer is also responsible for coordination of annual firearms requalification.

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Child Support Enforcement Unit

Establishing Paternity

Why establish paternity?

  • The legal father parent is responsible for paying support.
  • Your child is entitled to the father’s veteran’s benefits, social security and retirement benefits and inheritance.
    If the father admits paternity, it is not always necessary to have a court trial.

Searching for the Non-custodial Parent:
Having problems in locating the Non-custodial Parent?
Your child support enforcement office can conduct a search. To increase your chances of success, you should provide as much information about the non-custodial parent as you can; the more information provided the better.

Available Services

Through your child support enforcement office, there are a number of services available; they are:

  • Searching for the other (non-custodial) parent
  • Legally establishing paternity
  • Obtaining a court order for child support and health insurance coverage
  • Collecting support payments
  • Enforcing the court order
  • Reviewing and adjusting the court order

You have the right to timely child support services; however, you can help by cooperating fully with your child support enforcement office in any effort they make on your behalf.

Obtaining a Child Support Order

Do you need an attorney?
Your office of child support has lawyers who will take your case to court so you don’t need to hire one. If the case is successful, the court will order the non-custodial parent to pay regularly to support your child.

Is my child entitled to health benefits?
At the court hearing, the court may order health insurance be obtained by the non-custodial parent through employment or any health insurance organization at a reasonable cost.
If the non-custodial parent does not provide health insurance coverage, and he or she is employed, your child support office can send a copy of the Medical Support Notice to the employer. The employer must enroll your child in any health insurance available to the non-custodial parent and deduct the premiums for the non-custodial parent’s pay.

What if the Non-custodial parent is out of state?
Your child support office will work to collect support for your child even if the non-custodial parent lives in another state or country.

Adjusting the Child Support Order

Can we change the amount of support?
You or the non-custodial parent may request a periodic review of your case for a possible change in the court ordered amount of your child support or to include a provision requiring health insurance

Payment Collection

How do I receive my child support payments?
Your child support payments must come through the State Disbursement Unit, the State’s centralized payment processing unit.

I’ve received Temporary Cash Assistance, does that affect my payments?
Any child support payments collected will be kept by the state as reimbursement up to the amount of cash assistance you’ve received. If you no longer receive Temporary Cash Assistance, any child support payments collected for current support and arrears owed to you that accrued while you were receiving Temporary Cash Assistance will be mailed to you.
Any arrears that accrued while you were receiving Temporary Cash Assistance are owed to the State and the State is entitled to keep any money from the non-custodial parent’s federal tax refund to repay the arrears.

What if I never received Temporary Cash Assistance payments?
Within 2 business days, the State Disbursement Unit will mail all monies collected.

Non-Payment of Child Support

What if the non-custodial parent won’t pay the support owed?
If the non-custodial parent does not pay, does not pay on time, or does not pay in full, your office of child support enforcement can:

  • Withhold child support from unemployment benefits
  • Intercept Federal and State tax refunds
  • Intercept other Federal Payments to pay child support arrears
  • Report parents owing past-due support to credit bureaus
  • Garnishment of bank accounts
  • Refer parents owing past due support to licensing authorities for suspension of a business, occupational, or professional license
  • Refer parents owing past-due support to the Motor Vehicle Administration for driver’s license suspension
  • Intercept Maryland Lottery winnings to pay child support arrears
  • Bring contempt of court actions against parents who do not comply with their child support order
  • Refer cases for Federal Prosecution when a parent moves to another state to avoid paying child support
  • Refer cases with past-due support to private collection agencies
  • Deny a United States Passport application when there are arrears of at least $5,000

Withholding child support from wages occurs regardless of the non-custodial parent’s payment history

Applying For Child Support Services

If you receive Temporary Cash Assistance or Medical Assistance, child support service will be provided free of charge. If not, you will need to fill out an application for child support services with your local child support enforcement office and pay a one-time fee of $25.00 when you file your application.

For more information or to have an application mailed to you, please call 1-800-332-6347.

The Domestic Violence Unit

Who Is The Petitioner?
The person requesting assistance

Who Is The Respondent?
The alleged abuser

What’s The Difference Between A Temporary, Interim, And Final Protective Order?
A Temporary Protective Order is issued by a District Court Judge during court hours. An Interim Protective Order is issued by a District Court Commissioner during non-court hours. A Final Protective Order is issued by a judge after a hearing based on the merits of the order and testimony of all parties involved.

Who Is Eligible For A Protective Order?

  • Current spouse of the respondent
  • A former spouse of the respondent
  • A cohabitant with the respondent
  • A person related to the respondent by blood, marriage, or adoption
  • A parent, stepparent, child, or stepchild of the respondent or a person who has resided with the respondent for at least 90 days within the past year
  • A vulnerable adult
  • An individual who has a child in common with the respondent

Who Is Eligible For A Peace Order?
Any persons not eligible for a Protective Order. The commission of the allege acts must have occurred within 30 days of the Peace Order filing.

Procedures For A Temporary Order
The petitioner must report to the District Court Clerk in either Hyattsville or Upper Marlboro between 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday (except holidays).

They will be asked to complete a PETITION FOR PROTECTION form. This is the “who, what, when, where, how” form; be as detailed as possible. The petitioner will also be given an ADDENDUM form, this form asks for detailed information about the respondent; again, be as detailed as possible.

Upon completion of all paperwork, the petitioner will then speak with a judge in open court about the complaint. At that time, the judge, based on “reasonable grounds to believe” may issue a Protective Order.

Then the petitioner will speak with a representative from the Sheriff’s Office to provide additional information about the respondent. This information will aid the deputies in serving the order to the respondent in a timely manner.

One week after the order is served, the petitioner and the respondent will return to court for a final hearing. The judge will hear testimony from both parties and will make a final decision as to whether the case will be dismissed or issue a FINAL PROTECTIVE ORDER.

I’m Afraid Of The Respondent, What If He Comes To My House After I Am Issued A Temporary Order?
The petitioner will receive two copies of their order; one for the petitioner’s records and one to be served by a law enforcement agency other then the Office of the Sheriff.

DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL 9-1-1 IN ANY CASE OF EMERGENCY

How Long Is A Final Protective Order Good For?
One year to 18 months of its issuance.

What If The Respondent Violates The Order?
The petitioner must apply for a STATEMENT OF CHARGES with the District Court Commissioner’s Office charging the respondent with violation of the order.

Procedures For An Interim Order
The same as a temporary order, except, the hearing will be held by a District Court Commissioner when the courts are not in operation, after 4:30 p.m., weekends, and legal holidays.

The Sheriff’s Office will attempt to serve the respondent before the next court day.

How Long Is An Interim Order Good For?
24-48 hours; however, you must report to the courts when instructed to do so.

Make A Safety Plan

  • Plan ways of escape in the event of a violent incident.
  • Have someone take pictures of your injuries and keep them in a safe place.
  • Talk to someone you trust about the abuse.
  • Hide a spare set of keys, some money, extra clothes and prescription medicine.
  • Keep copies of important papers for both you and your children.
  • Keep change for pay phones, a pre-paid calling card, or a charged cell phone with you at all times.
  • Open your own bank account.
  • Call 911 if you need help right away, and teach your children how to call 911.

YOU DON’T DESERVED TO BE ABUSED, BUT LEAVING AN ABUSER CAN BE DANGEROUS.

Important Phone Numbers:

Prince George’s County

  • Emergencies: 911
  • Sheriff’s Office (Domestic Violence Section): 301-780-8408
  • Sheriff’s Office (Main/24 Hour Number): 301-780-8600 (8:30am-4:30pm)    After hours    301-780-8500
  • Police (Non-Emergencies): 301 336-8800
  • National D.V. Hotline:  1-800-799-7233
  • TTY: 1-800-787-3224
  • Family Crisis Center: 301-731-1203
  • Sexual Assault Center: 301 618-3154
  • Office Of Victims Of Crime: 888-679-9347
  • Legal Aid Bureau: 301 927-6800
  • District Court: 301 952-4080
  • Circuit Court: 301-952-5000

State’s Attorney’s Office

  • Upper Marlboro: 301 952-5450
  • Hyattsville: 301 699-2750

Court Commissioner

  • Upper Marlboro: 301 952-3414
  • Hyattsville: 301 699-2650

The Civil Division Service or Papers

For service of all civil papers, the plaintiff must:

  • Allow at least 30 days for service; will allow short term papers if at least 2 weeks for service are allowed.
  • Provide the original true-test copy and 1 additional copy for service along with any pertinent information at the time of payment.
  • Assure that the address for service is located in Prince George’s County, MD.

The fee for In-State Papers (originator of paper for service located in the State of Maryland) is $40.00, cash or money order payable to
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF, PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY.

The fee for Out-of-State Papers (originator of paper for service located outside the State of Maryland) is $60.00, money order or check payable to
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF, PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY.

Landlord and Tenant Information

The Role of the Sheriff’s Office
The Landlord Tenant Unit processes approximately 10,000 summonses for non-payment of rent each month. As an added safeguard, a copy of the summons is mailed to the tenant’s premises.

The Office of the Sheriff encourages all parties in legal action to attend all scheduled hearings to ensure their rights.

Deputies do not represent the property owner or the tenant in landlord/tenant matters. The deputy acts as an impartial third party and is only present as the enforcement arm of the court to ensure that the rights of all citizens are protected during the enforcement of the order.

As a matter of policy, the Sheriff’s Office does not enforce landlord tenant orders if precipitation is present at the beginning of enforcement. The court may choose to “stay” (temporarily put on hold) the enforcement of the order if the high temperature of the day is not forecasted to rise above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Once repossession of a property has begun, it cannot be stopped until it is complete.

The Role of the Property Owner
Once the court issues a Warrant of Restitution, a copy will be mailed to the property owner and the tenant, THE ORIGINAL IS MAILED TO THE OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF. The original is the only copy enforceable. It is also at this time you will be contacted to schedule service.

Since court orders are specific, deputies will only enforce orders that reflect the true legal address of the premises. The address of your complaint and all pertinent court documents must be accurate and complete; any orders bearing even minor discrepancies in the address CANNOT be enforced.

The address must be clearly displayed on the property. The outside of the building must be identifiable as the address on the Warrant of Restitution (eviction order). If the building contains more then one residence or office, each must be clearly identified and appropriately marked.

If the address is located in a remote area or the address differs from the physical location, directions to the property should be included on a separate document to assist the deputy.

A day time phone number and a contact person on the Warrant of Restitution is needed so a deputy can make arrangements with you to schedule an eviction. Apartment complexes will need to include the name of the apartments and a number to the rental office.

Once your Warrant of Restitution is Scheduled
It is important that you arrange for sufficient personnel to physically remove the tenant’s property to the nearest public roadway (businesses) or area designated by the deputy.
You may hire an eviction service for this task. You can find such companies under ‘EVICTION SERVICES” in the phone book. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE CANNOT RECOMMEND A SERVICE.

Minimum staffing must be apparent when the deputy arrives to enforce the order. It is important to remember that the deputy can cancel a scheduled service of the order if it is determined that the crew is insufficient or fails to meet minimum staffing requirement. You will then be required to re-file your original action in court.

The minimum staffing requirements are as follows

  • 10 persons (1 bedroom apartment)
  • 12 persons (2 bedroom apartment)
  • 15 persons (3 bedroom apartment)
  • 20 persons (single family home)
  • 25 persons (businesses)

All persons on the crew must be able-bodied and be capable of lifting heavy objects and furniture.
We strongly recommend that you make thorough arrangements for a suitable crew and appropriate equipment to accomplish the task.

Please do not enter the property prior to the deputy’s arrival. The deputy must be the FIRST person to enter the premises on the day of enforcement. The deputy will cancel your Warrant of Restitution and you will have to re-file the action with the court if it is determined that you have already entered.
This requirement pertains to the enforcement of the warrant and is not intended to restrict your rights or other enforceable obligations.

If the tenant moves or satisfies the judgment, please contact us to cancel the scheduled enforcement.

Important Numbers

Sheriff’s Office Landlord Tenant Unit Scheduling Desk 301-780-2581  
Landlord Tenant Commander’s Desk 301-780-7390  
District Court Clerk 301 699-2789  
Property Standards 301 883-6100  
Tenant/Landlord Hotline 410 243-6007 or 1 800 487-6007

The Office Of Policy Compliance

Encompasses the Internal Affairs Unit, the Staff Inspections Unit, and the Applicant Investigation Unit. The Internal Affairs Unit provides authority and control over citizen complaints and disciplinary matters, necessary to ensure the integrity of the agency. The Staff Inspections Unit promotes standards for professional excellence and ensures departmental compliance with policy and procedure. This unit identifies problem areas so that proactive solutions can be initiated. The Applicant Investigation Unit develops and implements in-house processes to ensure that the most qualified candidates are selected for employment.

School Resource Deputies

The School Resource Deputy (SRD) Program is a joint effort between the Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff and the Prince George’s County Board of Education.  It is designed to provide full time sworn uniformed Deputy Sheriffs to twenty-one (21) public high schools in our communities.  These specially trained Deputies, through their classroom instruction, presence and outreach, shall enhance the public school by providing a professional perspective towards law enforcement and a safer, more secure educational environment.

The SRD’s are:

  • First and foremost law enforcement officials whose primary purpose is to “keep the peace” in their schools so students can learn and teachers can teach.
  • Law-related counselors who provide guidance on law-related issues and support links for services inside and outside the school environment.
  • Law-related education teachers who provide an additional resource by sharing their expertise in the classroom.

The SRD is not a school disciplinarian, which is the responsibility of the school; the principal can believe an incident is a criminal law violation and upon request for law enforcement involvement shall the SRD take action.

The SRD is a positive role model who presence sends a strong message that violence is not acceptable.


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