Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Detention Center Holds Orientation for Volunteers

On October 15, 2015, the Corrections Division of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office hosted a volunteer orientation. Lieutenant Bernard Mayor, Correctional Officer First Class Kristie Ardire, and Ms. Glenda Thompson, Administrative Coordinator, have teamed up to provide the St. Mary's County Detention Center Volunteer Orientation, which includes topics on:

- Facility Fire Safety Awareness – Volunteers learn about the emergency action plan, which details what to do when a fire occurs, and a fire prevention plan, which describes what to do to prevent a fire from happening.

- Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) – Federal law established to address the elimination and prevention of sexual assault and rape in correctional systems. 

- Detention Center Safety and Security Rules and Regulations – Understanding how the safety and security rules of the detention center protect inmates, staff, and volunteers. 

Detention Center volunteers assist staff with prison ministries, work release, help inmates with earning a GED, Narcotics and Alcohol Anonymous, and lead many other groups that benefit the inmates currently serving at the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. 

“We are grateful for the assistance provided by our volunteers. Their safety is critical to us and to the detention center as a whole” said, Michael Merican, Commander of the Detention Center. 

If you are interested in becoming a Detention Center Volunteer or if you are currently a volunteer and have not signed up for a Volunteer Orientation, please contact Ms. Glenda Thompson, Administrative Coordinator, at 301-475-4200, ext. 2250 or email Glenda.Thompson@stmarysmd.com.