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Charles County Sheriff's Office Announces PRIDE Campaign

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office recently unveiled a new branding initiative: PRIDE. A representation of the agency’s core values, PRIDE is an acronym which stands for Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Duty and Excellence.

The PRIDE campaign originated after CCSO Command Staff attended an FBI National Academy Associates Training. In brainstorming ideas for recruiting efforts, retired Captain Michael Klotz suggested the acronym PRIDE, stating that it stood for “goals that we strive to achieve and a word that describes our agency and how we perform our mission.”

“PRIDE characterizes the CCSO’s culture. It is the way we feel about ourselves, our work, and our community,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “It is also how we will attract new recruits to a career in law enforcement. To them, PRIDE represents something bigger that they, too, can be a part of.”

PRIDE wristbands were handed out at the 2015 Charles County Fair, and more branded items will soon be visible throughout the county and at the CCSO district stations.

Nominations Open for Charles County Women Trailblazers Awards

The Charles County Commission for Women (CCCW) is seeking to recognize Charles County women who are trailblazers in various fields of interest. This is the first year the CCCW will present the Charles County women trailblazer awards.

Awards are presented in various categories: government/politics, law enforcement, education, health/medical, human/social services, entrepreneurship, science and technology, armed forces, and young trailblazer. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

• Charles County resident

• Female

• Employment or service has significant impact on Charles County

• Self-nominations accepted.

• Nominations will not be accepted from currently serving elected officials.

The nomination form is available for online download at Nominations will be accepted from Monday, Jan. 18 through Friday, Feb. 26. Winners will be announced at the Commission for Women 20th Anniversary Gala and Awards Ceremony on April 23 at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Hall (3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf).

The CCCW is a non-political, non-partisan group of women leaders in our community. From diverse backgrounds, these community leaders bring their differing worldviews and a variety of social, economic, political, and religious beliefs together to focus on family issues and women's concerns. All members reside in Charles County and are appointed by the Charles County Commissioners.

For more information, visit or email

Sweet Heart's Preschool Prom Registration Now Available

Register your sons and daughters for the Department of Community Services’ Sweet Hearts Preschool Prom on Friday, Feb. 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The prom will be held at the Somers Community Center (300 Willow Lane, La Plata) for children ages 2-6. All children must be accompanied by a loved one.

Your child will enjoy a walk down the red carpet, dancing, light refreshments, prom photos, and the prom king’s and queen’s parade.

Registration is $15 for residents and $17 for non-residents. On-site registration the day of the event is $20. For details, contact Somers Community Center at 301-932-6679.

For information on other events offered by the Charles County Department of Community Services, visit, or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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