Frederick City Police

Frederick Police Department vehicles are pictured.

While it can be awkward for police to enforce COVID-19 restrictions, it’s become another part of the job, and one that local law enforcement officials say is usually resolved without much fuss.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Frederick Police Department logged 164 complaints of violations of local and state executive orders, according to Lt. Jon Holler. And while Frederick County Sheriff’s Office did not have a specific number immediately available, Lt. Jeff Eyler said deputies have indeed responded to and encountered COVID-19 complaints throughout the pandemic.

In September, Eyler said the sheriff’s office received more than 25 calls to one large gathering of an estimated 2,500 people. In this case, deputies pursued charges against the host. But this situation wasn’t typical to what deputies face, he said. In most cases, deputies have been able to resolve COVID-19 issues by simply showing up and having a conversation.

“It is a very awkward position,” Eyler said Tuesday. “These days, the expectation of law enforcement can be very different than in years past.”

Holler said FPD started tracking COVID-19 complaints — some from residents, some from businesses — in late March. Complaints ranged from reports of large gatherings or people not wearing masks, he said. Like the sheriff’s office deputies, Holler said FPD officers have been able to resolve most incidents simply by having a conversation and educating the person in question.

Holler attributes the success of this method to the police department’s positive relationship with the community and how seriously people are taking the pandemic.

“We’ve had very few issues,” Holler said Monday. “Nearly all of them have been compliant.”

Like FPD, Eyler said FCSO found much success in asking people to cooperate. Sheriff Chuck Jenkins has gone as far to visit local businesses in person, when asked, to check out their COVID-19 precautions prior to an event being held, he said.

FPD’s log of COVID-19 complaints peaked in April and has since come down. Anecdotally, Eyler said FCSO has also seen a decrease lately.

FPD recorded 15 complaints in March, 84 in April, 35 in May, seven in June, four in July, nine in August, seven in September and three in October, according to Holler.

Holler said when police respond to COVID-19 complaints, they don’t go in with the mindset of wanting to arrest someone. Police seek the “common ground” of enforcing the rules “without being too heavy-handed,” he said.

There have been very few times police responded to an executive order complaint and had to take some sort of enforcement action, such as applying for charges or making an arrest, according to Holler. He said none of the complaints resulted in officers making an on-scene arrest based solely on an executive order violation. Eyler was only aware of FCSO charging two people for violating an executive order issued by the governor.

In April, then-acting Chief Patrick Grossman said city police responded to about 60 complaints, when gatherings were limited to 10 people. That number increased before the month’s end.

Holler pointed out police are trying to keep the public safe by enforcing executive orders. Police don’t issue executive orders, he said, they’re just trying to enforce them.

Frederick Police Department can be reached at 301-600-2100, and Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at 301-600-1046. For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.

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(28) comments

govtmule57

I participated in the March for Justice in June. Almost everyone was masked, and maintaining a respectful distance. I'll note that there were about as many people in attendance there as there were in the regime's rally in Tulsa at about the same time.

KellyAlzan

Too comical funny!

Today FNP has an article about injured persons and public servant Tom Coe isn’t masked up.

What a fool.

Man up mask up

C.D.Reid

Maybe you should contact him directly to tell him cover his face, Plumbum. Here you go:

Frederick County Division of Fire & Rescue Services: 301-600-1536

Tom Coe: tcoe@frederickcountymd.gov

I'm sure he'd love to hear from you.

C.D.Reid

Yet, look at all the ones who got free passes to go without wearing a mask during all the little local blm "protest marches," thanks to a spineless mayor telling the FPD to stand down.

Crab0721

If you were not part of the protest how do you know that they were wearing masks and following the guidelines?

C.D.Reid

Ummm, maybe from all the pictures that were posted here along with the articles? Duh.

awteam2000

CD, you mean this article?

https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/crime_and_justice/protesters-in-downtown-frederick-call-for-justice-for-george-floyd/article_272227ed-37a6-5f49-9392-1c671ccd68c8.html

awteam2000

Did you mistake Trump rallies as BLM marches?

https://www.businessinsider.com/photos-from-trumps-florida-rally-show-supporters-not-wearing-masks-2020-10

C.D.Reid

aw, try looking at ALL the pictures in ALL the articles, instead of just one.

awteam2000

Like you?

C.D.Reid

What do you mean by "like me," aw, you're the one who won't open your eyes.

NewMarketParent

@Crab0721

CDeez is the type of person that as a child, would jaywalk and then once across the street would run to the police and tell them that they just saw a black person do it. Its all white grievance, all the way down.

Greg F

You forgot about trump rallies and their maskless buffoon-in-chief and minions. Nice display of racism CD...we knew you’d come through on that one.

C.D.Reid

Show me where in my comment you [legitimately] see racism, Doctor Greggy.

awteam2000

Never understood why ‘racist’ don’t acknowledge they are racist. It’s not against the law.🤷‍♂️

NewMarketParent

@awteam2000

It is a slippery slope for them. Admitting you are racist leads to accepting that you are indeed not perfect. Admitting you are not perfect, leads to self examination. Self examination leads to realizing that maybe you have been wrong on multiple things in your life. Realizing that maybe you have been wrong about multiple things in life leads to wanting to make amends. Wanting to make amends leads to trying to make things better for the people you have wronged. Making things better for the people you have wronged, empowers the people you have wronged. Empowering people you have wronged, leads to healing. Healing leads to turning gay frogs into Democrats.

They are extremely concerned with gay frogs and their legislative agenda.

C.D.Reid

More BS rhetoric from fido's very own LLBTT Cult, but no proof that anything in my comment was racist. Maybe that's simply because the only racists they see are the ones in their own mirrors. Oh, and to all of fido's klan, the article is about the local police departments, not Trump rallies. Careful about that "whataboutism," your buddy hayduke wouldn't approve.

awteam2000

CD, you admit Trump rallies were irresponsible. Right? He was the President. And should have set an example. Right? Or was it only BLM protesters and Trump knuckleheads in Frederick not following CDC guidelines?

threecents

CD, For one thing, your obsession with criticizing BLM makes it appear you are racist. If we draw a Venn Diagram with you and racists, there is a lot of overlap.

C.D.Reid

threecents, what "obsession with criticizing blm" are you claiming I have? Yeah, I don't considerate it a legitimate organization, but how do you get that I have an "obsession criticizing it?" Suggestion: get fido to help you dig former comments of mine attesting to your claim out of the archives, I'm sure he'd be more than happy to help.

bosco

So, threecents, the mere criticizing of BLM counts as racist? Thanks for confirming the cancel culture is at work.

[ninja]

marinick1

[thumbup][thumbup]

sevenstones1000

BLM really frosts your cupcakes, doesnt it? Really takes up free space in your head.

Try meditation to calm down.

NewMarketParent

@sevenstones1000

"Frosts your cupcakes". Thank you for that. I have never heard that expression before. I appreciate the early morning chuckle.

C.D.Reid

If you're talking to me, seven, once again you're wrong. The blm "movement" means no more to me than any of you do. And, unlike you, I have no "free space" in my head. I have plenty to keep my mind active.

Dwasserba

Run for office.

threecents

Stop telling people to run for office. Not everyone has the time, knowledge, or inclination to win or keep a political office, but everyone has a right to state their opinions.

Girl No.3

I think you meant to say "hey, look over there"

focus.

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