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Sheriff’s Office investigates threat at West Middle School

Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland; April 22, 2015 -----  On April 22nd, 2015, at approximately 9:08 am, administrators at West Middle School, 60 Monroe Street, Westminster, contacted the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office to report a suspicious note had been located in the school. School officials locked down and evacuated the school as a precaution.

Explosive detection K9 Teams were requested and conducted a search of the school. The search did not discover any threats to students or staff, and at approximately 10:53 am, the school was reopened and returned to normal operations.

Carroll County Sheriff's Office Detectives determined the originator of the suspicious note, and that no threat was intended. After consulting with the West Middle School officials and the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office, it was determined that no criminal charges will be filed.


Sheriff’s Office announces promotion

Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland; March 12th, 2015 -----  Sheriff Jim DeWees is pleased to announce the promotion of Richard Hart to the rank of Major. Major Hart now serves as the Chief of the Field Services Bureau, which encompasses the Patrol Division, Special Operations Division, and Investigative Services Division.

Major Hart has an extensive career in law enforcement, beginning with twenty years with the Prince George’s County Police, where he served as a patrol officer, investigator, and supervisor before retiring.

Since joining the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office in May 2005, Major Hart has served as a Patrol Deputy, Detective, Shift Supervisor and most recently as Commander of the Investigative Services Division. In 2011, Major Hart graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s prestigious National Academy for law enforcement leaders in Quantico, Virginia, as part of Session 247. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program consists of ten weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness schooling for selected police executives having proven records as professionals within their agencies.

Major Hart’s extensive law enforcement experience and training make him a valuable resource in all Sheriff’s Services functions.  Asked about the promotion, Sheriff DeWees stated: “I’m proud to promote Major Hart today.  Major Hart is very well respected by the rank and file of the sheriff’s office and will be tasked with leading the largest part of the organization, the Field Services Bureau.  He will play a significant role in the future progress of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.”


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