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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Unveils Domestic Violence Awareness Vehicle

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Diane Richardson
Media Relations Office
(301) 609-6557 or (240) 682-1658

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry and the men and women of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to unveil the new Domestic Violence Awareness vehicle. The SUV will be used by members of the Domestic Violence Unit to raise awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence and help make the connection as to how people can get help.

The CCSO partners directly with the Center for Abused Persons (CAP) which provides critical assistance to victims of domestic violence and or sexual assault. When an officer responds to a domestic-related call for service, they are able to direct victims to CAP which refers victims to resources such as shelter, counseling, court advocacy and other programs to help break the cycle of violence.

“Our SUV – which is outfitted with information about CAP, the crisis hotline and purple ribbons – has drawn a lot of attention. Many people have stopped to talk with our officers to show their appreciation and some people share their stories about how domestic violence impacted them,” said Sheriff Berry. “Already, this vehicle has started conversations about domestic violence and sexual assaults and it brings awareness to the Center for Abused Persons who are in a position to help in a crisis.” CAP also works with other local organizations such as Lifestyles of Maryland, Inc. to help direct people to resources.

Nationwide, domestic violence affects one in four homes. Sadly, in the course of a few years, the Agency has investigated numerous crimes in which men, women and children have been killed as a result of domestic violence,” said Sheriff Berry. Just this year, a man shot and killed his mother-in-law, his father-in law and then shot his son. The most recent case of attempted murder involved a mother and daughter who were stabbed multiple times by the daughter’s ex-boyfriend.

Through awareness, the CCSO is committed to improving efforts to help those in crisis. “The impact domestic violence has on our children and our community as a whole is immeasurable and we are committed to improving our efforts to prevent domestic violence, respond to the needs of the victims and hold offenders accountable,” said Sheriff Berry.

To report domestic violence, call 911 in an emergency. The CCSO Domestic Violence Unit can be reached by calling (301) 609-3274. If you or someone you know needs help, you can also call the Center for Abused Persons at (301) 645-3336 which staffs a 24-hour domestic violence hotline.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips. For more information about the P3 program, click on this link: www.p3intel.com. 

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