DATE: February 20, 2020     
Janelle Love
Media Relations Office

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes 3 New Correctional Officers

Thirteen 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 13 correctional officers – 3 from Charles County – from the Corrections Entrance Level Training Program (CELTP), Session 63, at a ceremony held February 18 at St. Charles High School in Waldorf, MD. The program requires each Correctional Officer to complete a ten-week Basic Corrections Academy, which exceeds the state minimum for all Correctional Officers working in local correctional facilities across Maryland.

CO Nicholas Dickerson received the Scholastic Achievement and Physical Fitness Awards

“Correctional Officers are a vital part of law enforcement and work one of the toughest beats,” said Sheriff Berry. “They are responsible for the safety and security of all inmates, officers and support staff in the Detention Center. They serve as mentors and counselors, and they provide resources to help inmates get back on track upon their release. Their impact reaches far beyond the walls of the jail.”

During the graduation ceremony, SMCJA instructors presented awards to three graduates who excelled in several categories: Nicholas Dickerson, from Calvert County, received the Scholastic Achievement Award for earning a 98.99 percent grade point average, the highest in the class. CO Dickerson also received the Physical Training Award, scoring 736 points out of 800, the highest in the class during PT tests administered at the beginning and end of the training program. Daniel Clark, from Charles County, earned the Steve Allen Leadership Award, named after one of the original founders of the SMCJA who died of cancer several years ago.

CO Daniel Clark is awarded the Steve Allen Leadership Award

Sheriff 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 Daniel Clark
Correctional Officer Dalton Parrell
Correctional Officer Dallas Savoy


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

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