The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is proud to recognize Lt. Jason Stoddard for his recent graduation from Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command. The 22-week program provides upper-level college Stoddard_291_NorthwesternDiploma_withSheriffinstruction in courses such as Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Organizational Behavior, Applied Statistics, Planning and Policy Development, Budgeting, and Resource Allocation. “We take pride in our employees who further their education in areas that will expand their talent and knowledge as it relates to the mission of the Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Stoddard did this on his own time, after hours, and while raising a family,” said Sheriff Troy D. Berry.

In addition to completing the rigorous School of Police Staff and Command, Lt. Stoddard also earned his Bachelor’s degree in 2015 and anticipates finishing his Master’s degree by the end of 2016. In his 18 years with the CCSO, Lt. Stoddard has gained work experience in many areas including Patrol, Crime Prevention, Community Policing, North Point’s Criminal Justice Program, School Resource Office, Joint Terrorism Task Force, and Homeland Security. He worked as a Sergeant in Patrol and, when he was promoted to Lieutenant, served as a Special Operations Commander and Patrol Commander. Lt. Stoddard serves as a leadership instructor for the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission’s First Line Supervisors and First Line Administrators Program, as well as an adjunct professor at the College of Southern Maryland where he teaches Police Management and Supervision. “With the national attention that our line of work is receiving, this is an exciting time for law enforcement officers to more closely examine what we do,” said Lt. Stoddard. “Exposure, education, evaluation, reflection and change are important so that our profession will remain effective in an ever-changing society.”

Captain RJ Williams, Patrol Commander of the North Division and Lt. Stoddard’s immediate supervisor, said, “Lt. Stoddard is an asset to our agency and to the community in which he serves. It speaks volumes that he took time out of his personal life to be a student in this program.”

“Lt. Stoddard’s dedication to this agency and to his law enforcement career is evident by his initiative and willingness to go beyond what is expected,” said Sheriff Berry. “We encourage our employees to always look for ways to grow through training and education. By participating in these types of programs, we improve our ability to better serve in our communities.”

The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 with the specific goal of expanding university-based education and training for the law enforcement community. Each student is academically challenged through written examinations, projects, presentations and quizzes in addition to a staff study paper. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded six units of undergraduate credit from Northwestern University.

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.

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 and 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      

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