Tipps Hotline

Carroll County Government

Maryland Community Services Locator

















Patrol Division

DFC Phil Lawrence writes a warningThe PATROL DIVISION consists of the Office’s uniformed members, serving Carroll County in two patrol districts, North and South, each commanded by a Lieutenant. Districts are sub-divided into two patrol sectors. Each patrol squad is supervised by an experienced sergeant chosen for their law enforcement expertise and inter-personal skills. Many of these supervisors are former investigators bringing their proficiency in criminal and sex offense investigations to the patrol force. Patrol Division personnel are responsible for delivering full law enforcement services, and are first responders to citizens’ calls for service. Daily activities consist of proactive road patrol, serving court processes, arresting wanted persons, preserving the public peace, enforcement of all criminal and traffic laws, accident and criminal investigation, and working in partnerships with all allied police agencies serving the citizens of Carroll County.

DFC Ehrhart perform a DUI checkSince 2001, FSB deputies have served as full service law enforcement officers. They are the first responders to and in many cases the investigators of homicides, suicides, unattended deaths, forcible rapes, physical and sexual child abuse, robberies, auto thefts, aggravated assaults, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts. Included with this list are the myriad calls for police services that are so much a part of every deputy’s daily tour of duty. These range from a damaged mailbox to settling disputes over neighbor’s pets. While these quality of life issues are overlooked in the reporting system, they are a large part of the obligated time that keep deputies busy. What is important, the training, expertise, supervision and common sense of the assigned deputy has provided Carroll’s citizens with the best quality police service they can expect from a law enforcement agency. Supporting these deputies is specialized personnel and equipment that are indigenous to any efficient and service oriented law enforcement agency. With this experience and supervision, there is not a law enforcement scenario that Field Services Bureau personnel cannot professionally complete.

Specialized Units within the Patrol Division include:

K-9 units, with canines trained in many areas, including drug detection, explosive detection and handler protection.

Special Enforcement Team, or SET, provides a timely response to citizens’ complaints and concerns of traffic problems in their neighborhoods. SET members and Sheriff’s Auxiliary Patrol Volunteers deploy Speed Awareness trailers, which are valuable tools in highway user education efforts.

The Community Deputy Program in New Windsor provides aggressive and concentrated law enforcement services. The Bike Patrol Program and foot patrol provides proactive policing through residential and business checks, neighborhood watch activities such as the National Night Out, and personal citizen contacts.

Crisis Response Team and Crisis Negotiations Team provide a highly trained and professional response to critical events in the county such as barricade and hostage incidents, warrant services of felons known to be armed and dangerous, and high-risk search and seizure warrants. These teams work and train with allied local, state and federal law enforcement entities. Specialized vehicles are utilized in the performance of these duties. The fleet includes a Mobile Command Center, a negotiations truck equipped with tools for technical surveillance and communications, an armored personnel rescue vehicle, and two all-terrain vehicles equipped for off road and wilderness search and rescue operations.


Carroll County Sheriff's Office • 100 North Court Street • Westminster, Maryland 21157
410.386.2900 or 1.888.302.8924

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is committed to recruiting initiatives that reflect a fair and impartial representation of minority groups and females among its employees and applicants in approximate proportion to the minority composition of the Carroll County community.