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Program Description

  Courtroom/Courthouse Security and Transport

The Sheriff's Office is responsible for transporting inmates between the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF), Montgomery County Detention Center (MCDC), and various jails and court-holding facilities, as well as to and from healthcare facilities. The Sheriff's Office also guards inmates while at these facilities. When a writ is received from other counties, deputies are required to transport MCDC and MCCF inmates to other Maryland District and Circuit Courts. The Sheriff's Office administers temporary detention facilities in the Silver Spring and Rockville District Courts, the Circuit Court for adult inmates as well as the Juvenile Court holding facility located in the South Tower of the Circuit Court complex.

The Sheriff's Office provides security for the County's Circuit Court and operates X-ray machines and magnetometers to screen visitors entering the buildings at three public entrances. The Sheriff's Office uses trained canines to detect explosives, weapons, and to serve as a general crime deterrent within the courthouses.

The Sheriff's Office Canine Section is also the primary responder for explosive device detection calls, Monday through Friday and responds to mutual-aid calls from the Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, and other law enforcement agencies as necessary.

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Program Contacts

Contact Mary Lou Wirdzek of the Sheriff's Office at 240.777.7078 or Richard H. Harris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2795 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Budget Changes

FY20 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved921803177.50
Enhance: Two New Sheriff's Deputies1357222.00
Increase Cost: Security Contract400000.00
Increase Cost: Canine Program Support (Training Materials and Ballistic Vest Replacement)145000.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-654595-5.62
FY20 Approved875365873.88