Members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Operations Unit, in partnership with the Town of La Plata Police Department, Maryland State Police and Maryland Transportation Authority Police, will conduct special operations this weekend focusing on impaired drivers as part of Maryland’s Checkpoint Strikeforce program. Officers will conduct a sobriety checkpoint along with saturation patrols in La Plata on Saturday night.

Prior to conducting the checkpoint, officers will attend a special briefing at the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters at 7:30 p.m. where they will listen to remarks from several people whose lives were impacted as a result of impaired driving. Among those speaking are family members of Autumn Jenkins, a 20 year-old woman and member of the Nanjemoy Volunteer Fire Department who was killed by a drunk driver earlier this year. A photo of Ms. Jenkins will be posted at the sobriety checkpoint as a reminder that driving while impaired can result in lives lost.

Members of MADD and the MADD Victims Panel will also be in attendance. For more information about Checkpoint Strikeforce, visit

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      

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. 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, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.

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