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Carroll County Coalition
The Criminal Division is charged with the overall responsibility of insuring that all illegal activity reported by the citizens of Carroll County is thoroughly investigated. After an arrest is made, the division ensures that the accused and evidence is properly presented to a court of law for a determination of guilt or innocence. Currently, the Criminal Division handles all matters relating to Criminal Investigation, Homeland Security, Drug Task Force Concerns, Internal Affairs Investigations, Warrant/Fugitive Investigations, Evidence Control and Records Management and Release of Information.
The Criminal Division consists of:
Each of these units provides a unique service to the community. They often work in conjunction with outside law enforcement agencies throughout the county.
The Criminal Investigation Unit investigates a variety of criminal activities. Among them are theft, burglary, robbery, armed robbery, identity theft, assault, missing persons and unattended deaths. They perform surveillance on suspected criminal activity, write and execute search and seizure warrants and court orders, and interview suspects and witnesses. They process and package evidence for property room storage and or examination by the Crime Lab.
This unit assists other investigators and outside agencies with cases and shares suspects’ information. They respond to incidents and assist road patrol officers and maintain an on-call status.
The Carroll County Drug Task Force was established by a memorandum of understanding in March 1999, and is comprised of members of the Maryland State Police, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the Westminster Police Department, and the Carroll County States Attorney's.
The agreement creating the task force emphasized the following premise: law enforcement agencies and entities with responsibilities for the enforcement of the criminal law related to controlled dangerous substances can make a more efficient use of their powers and resources, and thereby provide a higher quality of law enforcement service to the public through mutual cooperation of the parties and the formation of a task force.
The task force is not only successful at arresting narcotics offenders and seizing their drugs, but also in the confiscation and forfeiture of their ill-gotten gains. Over the years, the member agencies have shared in the asset seizures and participated in a number of common projects to the benefit of each agency and the community.
In 2008, supervision of the coordinated police issues at the Child Advocacy and Investigations Center was transferred to the Carroll County State Attorney’s Office under the guidance of Mr. Walt Akers. Along with the Maryland State Police and the Westminster Police Department, two detectives from the Sheriff’s Office are on staff at that location to investigate all physical and sexual child abuse occurring in Carroll County. The unit is also primarily responsible for the investigation of all adult sex crimes.