Sheriff's Office to Host Annual "Crime Watch" Kick-Off Celebration

Join Sheriff's Officers and Other Organizations to Discuss Crime Prevention

LA PLATA, Md. (March 14, 2011) — Charles County Sheriff Rex W. Coffey and members of the Charles County Sheriff's Office are hosting their annual "Crime Watch" kick-off event on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Waldorf Jaycees. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about crime prevention programs throughout the county. "This is your chance to meet with our officers and talk directly with them about safety-related matters," said Sheriff Coffey.

"Last year about 100 people attended. Guests said the night was informative, especially because they had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the officers who patrol their communities," said Sheriff Coffey. "We want to hear from our residents; we want them to ask questions and we want them to know first-hand what's going on in their neighborhoods. We talk a lot about crime prevention and how small changes can make big differences."

Sgt. Chris Schmidt, a supervisor in the COPS Unit, will present a short program called "Preparing for Disaster" relating to preparation for disasters stemming from natural events to acts of terrorism.

Representatives from Crime Solvers and Lifestyles, Inc., and other community-based non-profit organizations will be on hand to answer questions. Crime Solvers board members raise money to pay cash rewards to people who help the Agency solve crimes. The school Crime Solvers program, in particular, has had tremendous success resulting in hundreds of case closures since its inception. Lifestyles, Inc. is an outreach program which provides a multitude of services to county residents in need.

For more information contact Ms. Connie Gray, Sheriff's Office Community Organizer, at (301) 932-3080. Refreshments will be served.

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