In 2008 Sheriff Jenkins entered into a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs office to begin the 287(g) Criminal Alien Program within the Sheriff’s Office. This partnership entailed training office personnel from both the Detention Center and Law Enforcement Operations to become authorized to identify and begin deportation proceedings against illegal aliens committing crimes within Frederick County. The Sheriff’s Office is 1 of only 6 Sheriff’s Offices nationwide that participate in both the jail enforcement program and the law enforcement task force program.
Sheriff’s Office members (16 correctional Officers / 10 law enforcement deputies) completed training in 2008 and the program officially started on August 1, 2008. The 287(g) Criminal Alien Program has been a valuable resource for deputies as well as allied agencies. The partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues as a seamless partnership. For more information, please view the video.