DATE: November 18, 2020     
Janelle Love    
Media Relations Office
(301) 609-6538 or (301) 848-4799

Charles County Sheriff’s Officers Receive Maryland Retailers Association 2020 Law Enforcement Award

Detective Christina Gilroy and PFC Jack Austin Recognized for Outstanding Work

(CHARLES COUNTY, MD)… Detective Christina Gilroy and Police Officer First Class Jack Austin of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office were recently awarded the 2020 Law Enforcement Award by the Maryland Retailers Association. The officers were recognized during a virtual ceremony held on October 29.

            In 2019, Detective Gilroy and PFC Austin investigated an increase in thefts from local big box stores. Through their tireless efforts and with the support of retail establishments including Target, Home Depot, and Walmart, they were able to develop leads, obtain search warrants, and eventually arrest the suspects in connection with the thefts. More than $100,000 in merchandise was stolen and approximately $80,000 in merchandise was recovered from this theft scheme. Since the charging of the suspects, the thefts have greatly decreased in our area.

            Detective Chrissy Gilroy, who was recently promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assumed a Supervisor position in the Patrol Division, served in the Financial Crimes Unit in the Criminal Investigations Division as a Detective. With 14 years of law enforcement experience, Chrissy has used her career to focus on solving elaborate frauds, embezzlements, continuous theft schemes, and burglaries. PFC Jack Austin, currently assigned to the Patrol Division, has served with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 20 years. The majority of his career has been spent in the Criminal Investigations Division, where he has served in the Property Crimes Unit, Special Victims Unit, Robbery Unit, and Homicide Unit. 

            The Maryland Retailers Association’s Law Enforcement Awards were established in 1999 to recognize the activities, accomplishments, and performance of law enforcement officers who affect the daily business lives of Maryland merchants. For details, 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. 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 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: