Charles County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes Nine New Correctional Officers
Nine Charles County Candidates Graduate from the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy
Corrections Entrance Level Training Program

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is proud to announce the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy (SMCJA) celebrated the graduation of fifteen correctional officers – nine from Charles County – from the 57th Corrections Entrance Level Training Program (CELTP) at a ceremony held May 19 at La Plata High School in La Plata, MD. The program requires each Correctional Officer to complete an eight-week, 320 hour Basic Corrections Academy, which exceeds the state minimum for all Correctional Officers working in local correctional facilities across Maryland.

“Correctional Officers have the opportunity to have a significant impact on our community,” said Sheriff Berry. “They are responsible for the safety and security of the inmates, but they also have a role in rehabilitation and helping them get back on track upon their release. We look forward to our new graduates making such an impact here in Charles County.”

During the ceremony, SMCJA instructors presented awards to graduates who excelled in academics, physical fitness, and leadership. Ardon Williams of Charles County won the Steve Allen Leadership Award, named after one of the original founders of the SMCJA who died of cancer several years ago. Williams was selected by the staff as having consistently demonstrated the attributes of leadership, initiative, motivation, and compassion throughout his attendance at the academy, the very foundation for which this award was created.

Sheriff Troy Berry and the men and women of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office are proud to welcome our newest Correctional Officers to the CCSO family:

Correctional Officer Wyatt B. Adams
Correctional Officer Nate J. Cargill
Correctional Officer Myles R. Chase-Johnson**
Correctional Officer Jacob D. Estes
Correctional Officer Joseph L. Huston**
Correctional Officer Kayla P. Medlin
Correctional Officer Darrell J. Stewart**
Correctional Officer Archie Turner
Correctional Officer Ardon P. Williams
** Distinguished Graduate

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