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CITIZENS FOR DAVID ANTHONY WIGGINS FOR SHERIFF PROPOSED BALTIMORE SHERIFF'S OFFICE OPERATIONAL STRUCTURE PLAN
WIGGINS' PROPOSED BALTIMORE SHERIFF'S OFFICE OPERATIONAL STRUCTURE PLAN:
To provide the residents of Baltimore with the best elected law enforcement possible our teams of advisors have proposed the following structural adjustments to the operational structure of the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office:
COMMUNITY PEACE KEEPING
We first propose to enact Community Peace Keeping , which is essentially a return to the enforcement of all civil laws including the Maryland Declaration of Rights and the common law in partnership with the residents and citizens of Baltimore, and our partners in city government and in the business community.
In order to restore the people's trust in law enforcement, we propose that Deputies assigned to the current field enforcement units , domestic violence units, and child support enforcement and internal affairs units be merged to form a new Community Peace Keeping Division.
The primary objective of the Community Peace Keeping Division will be to promote peace in our communities on two levels: domestic peace within families and the broader community, as, well as, peace within the governmental operation of the Municipal Corporation of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore State of Maryland Agencies operating within the jurisdiction of Baltimore City, by and through the regulation of the internal government and police thereof by the enforcement of the Maryland Declaration of Rights to promote justice, fairness, impartiality and speedy redress of grievances, and to eliminate fraud waste abuse corruption and color of law abuses by appointed law enforcement and government officials .
The Structure of the Community Peace Keeping Division:
Field Enforcement Unit:
Will continue to execute all legal documents and orders, execute all sheriffs' sales for real property and chattels the execution of all process originating from the Rent Court including Eviction Orders, establish liaisons with the leadership of the community associations within the districts wherein they are assigned, establish regular community peace keeping patrols with the residents of said areas.
Domestic Affairs Unit:
The Domestic Affairs Unit will be a merger of the domestic violence units, child support enforcement, and child support warrant units which will serve and execute all documents received from the Circuit Court Paternity Division for Child support Cases, enforcement and service of Domestic Violence and Peace Orders of the District and Circuit Courts, and locate and arrest individuals wanted on Child Support and paternity warrants in Baltimore City
Governmental Affairs Unit:
The current Internal Affairs Unit will be transformed into the Governmental Affairs Unit, and its mission will be to take and investigate complaints against Sheriff's Deputies, Government Officials, Individuals and Corporations who have committed violations of the civil and criminals laws of Maryland.
Special Operations Unit:
The Special Operations Unit's mission will be to provide a Warrant Task Force, Special Response Team, Witness Protection Unit and Communications Units whose missions will remain to provide partnerships with other state and federal law enforcement agencies as requested.
All deputy sheriffs will be given moving violation books to enforce all motor vehicle laws.
JUDICIAL SECURITY DIVISION:
The Judicial Security Division's mission will be to provide security in both Circuit Court buildings and Department of Juvenile Justice Center, and will be divided into the following units:
The Security Unit provide security to the judges, employees, citizens and prisoners entering the courthouses, to attend the sessions of the law courts, to ensure that the work of the courts be properly and expeditiously conducted, to maintain order and decorum in the courtrooms and hallways, to ensure during attendance of sessions of the law courts , the enforcement of the Maryland Declaration of Rights and Constitution for the United States and that the people's right to access the Foreman and Grand Jury are not denied or abridged.
Court Assignment -
The mission of the Court Assignment Unit will be maintaining the custody of the prisoners as they are escorted to and from the courtrooms during their trial. Should a jury be requested overnight, the deputy is required to provide 24-hour security, which includes transportation to and from overnight accommodations.
Transportation/ Lockup Unit
The mission of the Transportation/ Lockup Unit responsible for providing transportation for the transfer of prisoners on a daily basis from the sheriff's holding facility to the place of incarceration, to which prisoners have been remanded.
K-9 Unit - Trained explosive detection dogs and its handler patrol the two Courthouses and Department of Juvenile Justice Center on a regular basis as part of the Sheriff's Homeland Security initiative.
The Administrative Division will be divided into the following units:
Miles/Warrant Control Unit:-
The mission of the Miles/Warrant Control unit will be to verify criminal and warrant information quickly on individuals from records of the Baltimore City Circuit Court Warrants that are housed and entered in a national and local database system.
The mission of the Accounting Department will be to processes and collects all fines and court costs set by the Courts.
PROPOSED COMMAND STRUCTURE:
Chief of Community Peace Keeping
Chief of Field Operations
Chief of Domestic Affairs
Chief of Governmental Affairs
Chief of Judicial Security
Special Operations Chief
Director of the Administrative Division
Proposed Tactical Sections:
Sheriff’s Office Warrant Units, Special Response Team, Witness Protection Unit, Field Enforcement Section, Communication Section, Transportation Section, Training Section Domestic Violence Unit.
Special Operations Section that will be comprised of warrant service, federal taskforce assignments, K-9, child support enforcement and special enforcement details.
Proposed Training Initiatives:
Like their counterparts in law enforcement organizations throughout the nation, the Baltimore Sheriff's Office has a need for specialized training and equipment to meet the challenges of modern police work. Some of the specialized skills the Baltimore Sheriffs Office will need to be developed to better serve the citizens in our jurisdiction are expertise in emergency medicine, special weapons and tactics, computer and radar technology, SCUBA diving, aviation, boating, communications and facility with foreign languages.
Common Law Authorities:
“The office of Sheriff is the most important of all the Executive offices of the county”--Thomas Jefferson, “The Value of Constitutions”
Article IV, § 44 of the Maryland Constitution provides for the election of a sheriff in each county and Baltimore City. In the absence of a constitutional specification of the duties of the office, a sheriff exercises the powers and perform the duties prescribed by the common law, except as modified by statute. See Soper v.Montgomery County, 294 Md. 331, 337, 449 A.2d 1158 (1982); 79 Opinions of the Attorney General 83 (1994); 54 Opinions of the Attorney General 387, 389-90. (1969).
Among the common law powers and duties of a sheriff was the duty to appoint, direct, and remove deputies. Rucker v. Harford County, 316 Md. 275, 290, 558 A.2d 399 (1989) (citing 1 Anderson on Sheriffs, Coroners and Constables §§60, 85, 145 (1941)).
The United States Supreme Court:
In matters within the scope of the Sheriff’s duties and powers, the Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer in the county, and he has no superiors in the performance of these aforementioned common-law, constitutional and statutory duties.
The Sheriff represents the sovereignty of the State and he has no superiors in his county and in the execution of his law enforcement duties the Sheriff represents the state and a “county commission has no direct control over how the sheriff fulfills his law enforcement duty”. McMillian v Monroe County, 520 US 781, 791, 792-94; 117 S Ct 1734 (1997).
Proposed Force Strength:
We propose the following Force Strength at the Command and Control Levels as follows:
One(1) Chief Deputy sheriff; One(1) Assistant Sheriff; Three(3) Deputy Sheriff Majors (3) Three Deputy Sheriff Captains; Six(6) Deputy Sheriff Lieutenants; One(1) Secretary Sheriff; and One(1) Fiscal Clerk Sheriff; for a total of 16 Command and Control Staff.
We propose the following force strength:
Nine(9) Deputy sheriff sergeants; One hundred three(103) Deputy Sheriffs; Two(2) Domestic Violence Clerks; and
Two (2) Domestic Violence Advocates.
Maryland Statutory Authority:
Md. COURTS AND JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS Code Ann. § 2-309(d) Baltimore City(2014)
§ 2-309. Sheriffs--- Salaries and expenses; deputies; employees; equipment; inmate labor
Enforcement of the Maryland Declaration of Rights; and all laws enacted by the Maryland Legislature.
Community Peace Keeping
Court Security/ Court Assignment Protection
Ending Government Fraud, Waste, & Abuse
Ending Police Brutality
Ending Government Official Corruption
Restoring Trust in the police and internal government.
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