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Sheriff’s Office plans strategic patrols for first day of School

Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland, August 28, 2015 ---- The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Carroll County Public Schools and local law enforcement remind motorists that Monday, August 31st marks the first day of the 2015-16 school year. To promote student safety and community awareness, the Sheriff’s Office will be conducting additional patrols of Carroll County Schools and the surrounding roadways.

At the direction of Sheriff Jim DeWees, all available sworn members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will participate in these additional patrols. “It’s important that we get the school year off to a safe start, so I’ve ordered all administrators and non-uniformed personnel to work the road looking for traffic violations involving school buses, along with patrolling our schools throughout the day.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for twenty three million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. However, the greatest risk for these kids is not riding the bus, but approaching or leaving the bus. Motorists are reminded;

  • When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for children who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
  • Slow down. Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
  • Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Understand and follow Maryland Vehicle Law, which states that when a school bus activates its alternately flashing red lights: “

…the driver of any other vehicle meeting or overtaking the school vehicle shall stop at least 20 feet from the rear of the school vehicle, if approaching the school vehicle from its rear, or at least 20 feet from the front of the school vehicle if approaching from … its front… and may not proceed until the school vehicle resumes motion or the alternately flashing red lights are deactivated.”

Parents should teach their children to follow these common sense practices to make school bus transportation safer:

  • Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • When the bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb, and line up away from the street.
  • Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it’s okay before stepping onto the bus.
  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
  • Use the handrails to avoid falls. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps don’t get caught in the handrails or doors.
  • Always walk in front of the bus, never walk behind the bus.
  • Walk at least three giant steps away from the side of the bus.


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Sheriff’s Office receives award for Advanced Accreditation from CALEA

Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland; August 3, 2015  ---- The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the successful completion of our fourth Accreditation cycle with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. The previous Accreditation Awards were received in 2006, 2009, and 2012.

The process is voluntary, and while on-site assessments occur once every three years, the Office must maintain compliance with the standards throughout. Compliance is verified in several ways, which include CALEA Assessors reviewing proofs of compliance, on-site inspections of facilities, and interviews with both agency personnel and community leaders. This year’s on-site assessment occurred from April 12 through April 15.

The Assessment Team then reports back to the CALEA Commissioners, who meet and vote on those agencies up for awards. On July 25th, 2015, the Commission reviewed the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Assessment and granted re-accreditation. The CALEA award for Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation is evidence of our commitment to providing professional law enforcement services to Carroll County.

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