Law Enforcement Coordinator (LEC)
The Law Enforcement Coordinator is dedicated to working with local law enforcement agencies in Kent, Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot and Queen Anne’s Counties to facilitate enhanced communication between Law Enforcement and our agency. Responsibilities of the Law Enforcement Coordinator include providing trainings, technical assistance and coordinating the collection of domestic violence statistics.
THE POLICE AND THE CRIMINAL COURT SYSTEM
IN AN EMERGENCY
If you are injured or in danger, call 911! The police can help you get to a safe place and obtain medical treatment, if necessary. Once you are out of immediate danger, call our hotline (1-800-927-4673) for information and support.
PROBABLE CAUSE ARREST
Currently, under Maryland Law, if the police respond to a call for service for domestic violence, they may make an arrest if there is evidence of obvious physical injuries, and unless the person is immediately arrested, the person may not be apprehended; may cause physical injury to another; or may tamper with or destroy evidence; and a report was made to the police within 48 hrs.
The abuser will be released from jail as soon as he/she makes bail. The abuser can be ordered to have no contact with you as a condition of his/her bail. The abuser may also be released on no bail, which means they are released immediately after seeing the court commissioner.
CRIMINAL COURT PROCEEDINGS
If the abuser is found guilty or pleads guilty, the sentence could include a fine, jail time, court-mandated counseling, or a combination of these things.
VINE OFFENDER INFORMATION PROGRAM
You can receive a free notification call when your abuser is released from jail. To register call 1-866-634-8463/ 1-866-MD4VINE
Lethality Assessment Project
The Lethality Assessment Project is an innovative program which partners law enforcement personnel and domestic violence service providers in an effort to identify and assist victims of domestic violence who are at risk of being killed.
The Lethality Assessment screen is a questionnaire that contains a series of eleven questions. These questions are used as a tool by law enforcement to determine a victim’s potential for being killed by their intimate partner. A specified combination and quantity of “yes” answers to the questions on the screen will alert a Law Enforcement Officer to the severity of the danger a domestic violence victim faces. If a victim answers the particular questions that would alert the Law Enforcement Officer to the level of danger considered “high danger”, the Law Enforcement Officer will call The MSCFV hotline and tell the hotline worker of the situation. The Law Enforcement Officer will then put the victim on the phone with our hotline worker to explain our services and go over safety planning strategies with the victim.
The Lethality Assessment program was initiated in the Mid-Shore region in November of 2005 with Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, and Cambridge City Police participating. Currently, there are 23 Police Agencies in the Mid Shore participating in the Lethality Assessment program.
Training Through the Law Enforcement Program
Law enforcement personnel have received the following trainings from MSCFV.
• Lethality Assessment Protocol Training – on-going for newly hired Law Enforcement, as well as, refresher and in service training for Veteran Law Enforcement Officers.
• Predominant Aggressor
• Hispanic/Latino Population
• Additionally, several topics of interest regarding domestic violence are uploaded and trained at a minimum of three times a year.
All training dates are provided to Law Enforcement agencies on an individual basis.
Trainings are certified by the Maryland Police Training Commission for in-service credit.
If you have any additional questions please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-479-1149.
Law Enforcement Telephone Numbers
Queen Anne’s County
Maryland State Police 410-758-1101
Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office 410-758-0770
Centreville Police 410-758-0080
MD State Police 410-778-4511
Kent County Sheriff’s Office 410-778-2277
Chestertown Police 410-778-1800
Rock Hall Police 410-639-7222
MD State Police 410-822-3101
Talbot County Sheriff’s Office 410-822-1020
Easton Police 410-822-1111
Oxford Police 410-226-5650
St. Michaels Police 410-745-9500
Trappe Police 410-476-5005
MD State Police 410-479-3101
Caroline County Sheriff’s Office 410-479-2515
Denton Police 410-479-1414
Federalsburg Police 410-754-8966
Greensboro Police 410-482-6771
Preston Police 410-673-7929
Ridgely Police 410-634-2151
MD State Police 410-228-3101
Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office 410-228-4141
Cambridge Police 410-228-3333
Hurlock Police 410-943-4020
Fatality Review Teams
The primary purpose of a Fatality Review Team is to review deaths and near fatalities in which intimate partner domestic violence had played a role. The ultimate goal of these teams is to prevent future domestic violence related fatalities.
Partners on each team include members from local Law Enforcement, State’s Attorney’s Offices and Domestic Violence service providers for each specific County. Other concerned parties can be involved with meetings on a case by case basis. Because of the sensitive nature of the topics discussed, all cases discussed are strictly confidential, and all topics discussed cannot be disclosed to anyone outside of the committee. The purpose of the Fatality review team is to review cases to determine if and what could have been done differently to prevent a homicide or near homicide.
Partners in the Law Enforcement Program include:
Caroline County Sheriff’s Department
Kent County Sheriff’s Office
Talbot County Sheriff’s Office
Easton Police Department
Denton Police Department
St. Michaels Police Department
Hurlock Police Department
Greensboro Police Department
Oxford Police Department
Dorchester County Sheriff’s Department
Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office
Cambridge Police Department
Chestertown Police Department
Federalsburg Police Department
Ridgely Police Department
Centreville Police Department
Rock Hall Police Department
Preston Police Department
Maryland State Police Easton Barrack (Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester Counties)
Maryland State Police Centreville Barrack (Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police (All 5 mid-shore counties)
Washington College Campus Security
Trappe Police Department