Community Support

Community Outreach

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Support Your Local Police

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office frequently receives inquiries from generous citizens who want to donate money to the Agency. There are two ways to contribute to our law enforcement efforts.

Support the CCSO

To support the CCSO’s array of public safety initiatives, please mail your donation to:

Charles County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Sheriff Rex W. Coffey
PO Box 189
La Plata, MD 20646

Checks should be written to “Charles County Sheriff’s Office” and “Donation” should be written in the memo section. The Sheriff will acknowledge your contribution. If you have questions, please call 301-609-6543.

Support the FOP

Donations may also be made to the Charles County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). Checks should be written to “FOP Lodge #24″ and “Benevolent Fund” should be written in the memo section. The FOP uses the Benevolent Fund to make charitable donations to the community and to help officers in distress. Mail your donation to the following address:

FOP Lodge 24
PO Box 1927
La Plata, MD 20646

The CCSO and the FOP greatly appreciate the generosity of our community.

Auxiliary Volunteer Unit

The CCSO’s Auxiliary Volunteer Unit, which was established in 2008, offers citizens the opportunity to assist the CCSO with law enforcement and community outreach activities.

Among the opportunities for volunteers are fingerprinting, traffic control, clerical support and assignments in the Community Services or Records sections. Another component of the program is similar to Citizens on Patrol; volunteers may patrol businesses and neighborhoods in search of any suspicious or criminal activity. The volunteers would report such activity immediately to patrol officers, who would respond and take appropriate action. Additionally, volunteers may also be asked to assist the CCSO at parades, fairs and other community activities. Most assignments will be scheduled but volunteers may also be called unexpectedly should an emergency occur.

To help them perform their duties, each volunteer will be issued a uniform and have access to other equipment. Volunteers will not carry firearms.

All volunteers must:

  • be at least 21 years of age
  • possess a valid driver’s license
  • have a good driving record
  • be in good physical condition
  • have a telephone
  • submit to a comprehensive background investigation, criminal history review and mandatory random drug and alcohol testing. They may not have any criminal convictions for any felony or serious misdemeanor offenses.

Each volunteer will participate in entry-level training before being permitted to participate in assignments. They will learn the rules and regulations of the program and how to wear and care for their uniforms and other equipment. The training will also discuss military courtesy, police communications, traffic direction, ethics, weapons familiarization and defensive driving. Additionally, volunteers will be required to attend routine in-service training to further enhance their skills and to ensure that they remain aware of current law enforcement techniques.

For more information about joining the Auxiliary Volunteer Unit, call 301-609-6417.