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“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

BRINGING MODERN POLICING TO CAROLINE COUNTY

 

When Sheriff Lippa took office twelve years ago, the entire agency had only a couple of computers.  Office personnel were still using rotary dial telephones and working in unfit conditions.  It has been Sheriff Lippa's goal to bring the CCSO into the era of modern policing.  With help from the public, the voters, the Caroline County Board of Supervisors, and other county leaders, Sheriff Lippa has transformed what was once considered by many to be a "good ol boy" system into a modern and professional law enforcement agency recognized for its excellence by both regional and state leaders.  Below is just a small sample of the many positive things accomplished in the first twelve years.  With your help in November, we will continue to build the modern and professional law enforcement agency Caroline County deserves.

Training and personnel

Under Lippa's leadership the following was accomplished:

  • Staff received over 50,000 hours of specialized training
  • Created a position dedicated solely to the investigation and prosecution of domestic and sexual abuse
  • Trained Caroline County's first Certified Crime Prevention Specialist to assist in business and residential crime prevention
  • First Caroline Deputy in the history of the agency to be accepted and graduate from the prestigious FBI National Academy
  • Consolidated Animal Control and E-911 Dispatch employees under a central command, resulting in cost savings
  • Created the Agency's first internal Chaplain's program
  • Created a diverse workplace where women and minorities comprise over 45% of the total CCSO staff, with many holding supervisory positions
  • Trained the agency's first ever Nationally Certified Child Seat Installer
  • Crossed trained two deputies to be certified arson investigators, another first for the agency
  • Trained a deputy and secured equipment for the agency's first every polygraph technician
  • Two deputies completed GREAT training, a program specifically designed to help prevent gangs and gang violence in our schools
  • Expanded the School Resource Officer program

Fiscal responsibility

Under Sheriff Lippa's leadership, every effort has been made to find alternate funding in the quest to provide the best, most advanced law enforcement services to County residents.  The following are but a few examples:

  • The CCSO has received over $1.6 million dollars in state and federal grants during the Lippa administration.  Among other things, this funding has partially or completely paid for:
    • New bullet proof vests for all deputies
    • In-car camera system for all patrol vehicles
    • New patrol and investigative vehicles
    • Tactical rifles
    • Literature and promotional items
    • Security lighting for seniors
    • New deputy positions
    • Stinger Spike strips
    • Radar units
    • License Plate Reader
    • Rugged laptop computers
    • Specialized training of all types
    • All-terrain vehicles
    • E-911 phone system upgrade
    • Cell phone data extraction equipment and software
    • Patrol motorcycle and equipment
    • Special investigator for domestic and sexual abuse
    • Forensic equipment and supplies
    • Approximately $220,000 for overtime DUI enforcement
    • Project Lifesaver Supplies
    • Specialty software
    • Uniform equipment
    • County Wide GIS system
    • Misc. equipment and investigator tools
  • In addition to grants, the CCSO has converted seizures from drug related arrests into over $137,000 of funding which has been used for:
    • Special Investigative tools and surveillance equipment
    • Investigator Vehicles
    • Computers
    • Forensic equipment and supplies
    • Training
  • In the last twelve years the Sheriff's Office has also received over $10,000,000 in state funding to help pay for Deputies wages.

Community involvement

Law enforcement isn’t merely a career. It is a principle, a mandate of humanity that all life should be protected against violence and crime. It is about connecting community, businesses, local government and sworn law enforcement in a way that focuses efforts on solving community problems together in an uniform response, sharpening our resolve against those who wish to do harm and making a safer place for all of us to live, work, and raise a family.  Under Sheriff Lippa the CCSO has committed itself to the communities it serves in the following ways:

  • Helped create and attend Neighborhood Watches
  • Brought the National Night Out program to Caroline County and have encouraged six area communities to participate
  • Worked with the Attorney General to bring TRIAD to Caroline - this is a program designed to help combat crime against seniors
  • Started a free Child Seat Inspection program to help new parents with the proper selection, installation, and use of child seats -  studies show that as many as 85% of all child seats are improperly installed or used, drastically increasing the odds of death or injury in the event of an accident
  • Created the County's first Citizen's Police Academy - offers a great opportunity for the public to be informed in each aspect of law enforcement
  • Became a part of the Project Lifesaver program to help families of Alzheimer and autism patients
  • Created a Business Advisory Team to help identify the law enforcement needs related to the business community
  • Trained a deputy to be a Certified Crime Prevention Specialist - available for business and home owners who would like a crime prevention assessment /evaluation
  • Created the CCSO's first dedicated website and facebook page
  • Created A Drug Abuse Resistance Education, (D.A.R.E.) position to educate our youth about the dangers of illegal drugs

Professional standards

There is perhaps no greater contrast between the current and previous administrations than in the area of professional standards. The following are but a few of the ways in which the Sheriff's Office has been transformed into a professional, modern law enforcement agency:

  • Nationwide Accreditation - every four years this 187 step process involves assessors verifying all aspects of the sheriff's office operations to see that standards for efficient and effective agency operations are met
  • Application process - all employment candidates must pass a thorough background check, drug screening, polygraph examination, written and physical fitness tests
  • Commendation/complaint system - citizens can file both commendations and complaints by filling out a form that can be found on-line or picked up at our office
  • Physical fitness program - yearly physical fitness testing to measure each deputies abilities
  • Drug Screening - the CCSO participates in random drug screening of all employees

Equipment

Over the last twelve years the Caroline County Sheriff's Office has been transformed into a modern law enforcement agency.  Many of the items listed below were partially or completely paid for with grant funds or asset forfeiture funds (drug related assets seized by the CCSO)

  • Deputies received new body armor
  • Updated handguns and firearms
  • Issued laptops to EACH officer  -  None were issued prior to the Lippa administration
  • Implemented an in-car video camera system for all patrol cars
  • Updated vehicle markings for increased visibility
  • Installed new phone system
  • Obtained Stinger Spike tire deflation devices
  • Updated patrol deputies uniforms and leather
  • Obtained new prisoner restraints
  • Implemented a License Plate Reader program
  • Replaced shotguns with modern tactical rifles
  • Obtained an armored personnel carrier at no cost to the county  - used for hostage, active shooter, and other extreme danger activities only
  • Obtained the agency's first patrol motorcycle (at no cost to the county taxpayers) to aid in patrolling densely populated communities
  • Started a bicycle program with grant funds - used at special events, parks, and communities
  • Assisted the County with obtaining a new FAA mandated radio system - jointly used by Fire & Rescue, Public Works, Public Utilities, Caroline Public Schools, Building Inspections, E-911 Dispatch, Animal Control, and the Sheriff's Office
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