Recently, Facebook users had the opportunity to view the Frederick County sheriff's “cry for help.” He was speaking to a local political group and sharing with them a number of concerns he had for his office: Inability to properly recruit qualified staff, rapidly changing laws he is expected to enforce, lack of support from the various Frederick cultural communities and lack of a career path for his officers. All of which appear true and readily apparent.

The one thing that was also evident was his frustration with having to cope with all of these rapidly changing events.

All of this is understandable as we see similar changes in our professions and work places. Our civilian elected officials also show this frustration in some of their commentary at their meetings. (Cannot understand why people do not volunteer for certain committees and boards)

As we see the post-pandemic world unfolding in the coming months, it is time for citizens to expect our governing representatives to rethink how services provided by a sheriff no longer fits in this post-crisis period.

A number of counties in the DMV area had the foresight to see change coming years ago. And while nothing is perfect, professionalizing the enforcement and community security duties under a properly trained chief was a wise step. A chief who can be properly compensated, will have direct accountability to a citizen council who also provides support and oversight. A modern chief is educated, prepared and expected to be planning and advising as his jurisdiction changes.

One can be sympathetic to what the sheriff is facing, but coping with change is and has always been required of a properly trained and educated manager.

Our elected County Council officials need to begin their share of re-thinking law and justice planning as well.

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gjthuro

Times are tough for most of us and I appreciate the fact that Sheriff J is open about it rather than hiding from it ...we are lucky to hav this dedicated individual as our Sheriff

KellyAlzan

No one else can be dedicated?

What good is dedicated if he’s not educated?

Boyce Rensberger

What Frederick County needs is a county police department, in other words the kind of law enforcement agency that is led by a trained professional hired after a national search. We don't need the antique system "led" by an elected good-ole-boy. The quality of leadership matters.

MD1756

MoCo actually has both. The Police force's mission is "The Mission of the Montgomery County Department of Police (MCPD) is to safeguard life and property, preserve the peace, prevent and detect crime, enforce the law, and protect the rights of all citizens. We are committed to working in partnership with the community to identify and resolve issues that impact public safety."

The Sheriff Office's mission is " The mission of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is to carry out those duties enumerated by State Law and Common Law for Sheriffs. These duties are not duplicative of those assigned to other law enforcement agencies in this jurisdiction, but are unique to the Sheriff.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is the law enforcement arm of the Judicial System. Our mission is to provide leadership and professional support, as required, to ensure that Court mandates are carried out in a manner, which respects individual rights and freedoms. Our mission is to work cooperatively with all other law enforcement agencies within this County, and throughout the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area, as well as all other branches of the Montgomery County Government. We must strive to ensure that the people who live, work, and visit Montgomery County are receiving the full range of law enforcement services required for a safe and orderly society.

Our mission is an honorable and necessary contribution to our community and must be accomplished under the constraints of existing resources and inflationary impacts on funding during a period when the Courts and communities requests for service are increasing.

Employees of the Sheriff's Office must continuously assess their areas of responsibility to ensure that the work being performed is done in the most productive, efficient and safe manner possible.

The Sheriff's Office will provide its employees with the training required to ensure a work force that is knowledgeable and skilled.

Each employee of the Sheriff's Office will be required to participate fully as a Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Team Member so we may accomplish our mission with pride. "

Boyce Rensberger

Yes, of course. A sheriff's department is required by law, but its duties can be limited to such things as the jail and the courthouse. General public safety would be the province of the police, pretty much as it is in MoCo and other large, advanced counties.

KellyAlzan

Many are not aware, but is it REALLY necessary for the county sherf’s dept to be Commercial Truck Safety Enforcement? It’s a duty usually administered by state police.

Yes, the Sherf has multiple deputies assigned and doing nothing but DOT inspections. One of the deputies Riding around in a silver, fuel guzzling, 3/4 ton, four wheel drive, pic up truck

He’s so short handed and can’t recruit deputies and has all this on his plate. But he has deputies sitting on 340 from 630 am throughout the day stopping trucks. They hide on the exit ramps of lander road, my Zion road, and the tax payer funded bridge, and come after the trucks.

Why are the county deputies working a state highway when the state has DOT troopers? And then cry about having so much on his plate......

It’s like, “ah, HELLO?”

C.D.Reid

This is exactly the kind of garbage I would expect from some transplant from MoCo, I wonder if that's the case with the writer..... Those people aren't content with just f'in' up that county, now they want to come here and repeat their failings of down there.

awteam2000

More then half the county population comes from transplants from outside Frederick County, and with that comes change. Jenkins doesn’t have the wherewithal for the changing demographics, community needs and demands. His time has past.

eastmoonrabbit

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gjthuro

how silly

sdm817

[thumbup] So true. So we should aspire to be like Montgomery and PG Counties? No thanks. There is no degree in law enforcement like real world experience. Results are what matters.

awteam2000

That’s the problem... Jenkins lacks the expertise to address a larger more diverse community and he isn’t interested in learning or changing his ways. The scale is way over his head. It’s reflected in his antiquated policing. Meanwhile, the PG and Montgomery County scare tactic is getting old.

TomWheatley

Ah, driving in Montgomery County is so much fun!! You have the joys of having speed and red light cameras everywhere. Too fast of a right turn at that red light? Remember where every speed camera is waiting 24/7/365 to add some $$$ to the County budget? How about license plate readers as well? Do we really want to be like Montgomery County?

phydeaux994

Evidently we do. No one here past or present has done anything to stop it.

threecents

Right back to the "those people" argument? Really? That thinking process is problematic.

bnick467

The sheriff creates his own problems.

"Inability to properly recruit qualified staff,..." No good cops want to work for a white supremacist.

"rapidly changing laws he is expected to enforce,..." Laws that he doesn't like and limit his power,

"lack of support from the various Frederick cultural communities..." What do you expect when you openly promote a "whites only" agenda?

"and lack of a career path for his officers." No one wants to hire a cop that worked for an admitted white supremacist.

Let him cry. Hopefully in a few years there will be enough rational people in this county give him a chance to cry about losing his re-election bid.

sdm817

Any proof to what you say? Just left cry baby sh!t as usual.

gjthuro

You really are a sicko

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