The Baltimore County Sheriff's Office (BCoSO) is the enforcement arm of the Baltimore County, Maryland court and is headquartered out of Towson, Maryland. The Baltimore County Sheriff's Office is one of the oldest in exsistance in the State of Maryland, dating back to 1659. The agency's patch depicts two Baltimore County Deputy Sheriff's who were killed during the Battle of North Point in the War of 1812. Henry Wells and Richard McComas shot and killed British General Robert Ross, and were shot immediately thereafter. A memorial to the two fallen Deputies is located on Gay Street in Baltimore City, whereas a smaller memorial where the two Deputies were killed is located on Old Battle Grove Road in Edgemere.
As of 2008, the BCSO is headed by R. Jay Fisher, Sheriff of Baltimore County. The BCSO currently has an authorized compliment of 70 sworn deputies. The rank structure is as follows:
- 2 Lieutenants
- 6 Sergeants
- 60 Deputies
The BCoSO is subdivided into five sections as follows:
- Courtroom Security Bureau and Transportation Division - responsible for transport and temporary housing of defendants to and from the Circuit Court, and other detention facilities.
- Field Operations Bureau - Patrol and Legal Process Division; is responsible for the service of court-ordered processes such as Writs of Execution, Writs of Summons/Subpoenas, Writs of Possession (evictions), Ex Parte/Protective/Peace Orders, and service of Criminal/Juvenile/Civil Warrants.
- Field Operations Bureau - Fugitive Warrant Unit; has the responsibility of non-support warrant service.
- Administrative Services Division - is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the BCoSO
- Security Division - is responsible for the constant security of the courthouse and surrounding property and is staffed by both sworn deputies and non-sworn security personnel.
The authority of the Sheriff and all sworn deputies are constitutional in origin. All are certified police officers with full arrest authority under guidelines of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission and the constitution of the State of Maryland.
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