Divisions

Human Resources

Human Resources is a core component of every agency. Our HR professionals are responsible for recruiting, screening, interviewing, and hiring employees. Our Human Resources Department also processes payroll, updates policies, and  maintain employee records.  Here at Human Resources, we genuinely care about the well being of our agency's employees. Our Human Resources Department is one of openess and growth. 

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District Court 

The Baltimore City Sheriff's Office receives approximately thousands of Failure to Pay Rent Notices and Warrants of Restituions from the Baltimore City District Court each year. 

What is a Rent Notice?
The Rent Notice sets up a scheduled hearing date for the landlord and tenant to meet in court before the legal professionals who deal with evictions and other tenant-landlord disputes.
The hearing is typically two to three weeks after the rent notice has been filed. 
 
What is a Warrant of Restitution?
The Warrant of Restitution allows the landlord to take back possession of the property. If granted, the landlord must wait seven days before they can call the Sheriff's Office to schedule the eviction. 
 

Step One: Judge Issues an Order of Warrant of Restitution

  • The District Court mails the signed Warrant of Restitution to the tenant and the landlord.

  • All Warrants of Restitutions are valid for 60 days from the date of issue.

Step Two: Scheduling an Eviction 

  • After the signed warrant is delivered to the Sheriff's Office (usually 5-10 business days), the landlord contacts the Sheriff's Office to schedule the eviction.

  • The eviction must be scheduled 15 days in advance allowing the landlord time to provide notice to the tenant.

Step Three: Landlord Notifies Tenant of Date of Scheduled Eviction

  • The notice is mailed to the tenant by First Class Mail with a certificate of mailing at least 14 days in advance of the scheduled eviction date. 

  • The notice is posted on the premises at least 7 days in advance of the eviction date. 

Step Four: What the Tenant Must Do Before the Eviction Date

  • Pay to redeem (Pay and Stay). Unless the Judge checked the box on the Warrant of Restitution and says "Without Right of Redemption", the tenant has the right to pay the amount ordered by the judge to the landlord in cash, certified check, or money order prior to the beginning of the actual eviction. Paying the redemption amount will cancel the eviction.
  • Or, move out of the dwelling. The only way for a tenant to protect their belongings is to remove them from the dwelling before the eviction date. 
  • Tenants should return the keys for the property to the landlord and inform them that they have vacated the unit. 

Step Five: The Sheriff Arrives at the Dwelling on Eviction Day

  • The landlord or agent must be present to change the locks on the property and take back possession. 

Step Six: Disposal of Property After the Eviction

  • Once the Sheriff returns possession of the property to the landlord and the landlord changes the locks, any of the tenant's personal property left in or around the rental unit is considered abandoned. 
    • The tenant no longer has rights to that property.
  • The landlord's only obligation for abandoned property is to properly dispose of it. 
To Schedule Evictions call
Monday-Friday
8:30am-4:30pm 
 

Hikeen Crampton, District Court Director Final

District Court  

Pandora Hendricks, Process Server

Field Enforcement /District Court Division
111 N. Calvert St 
Rear Garage 
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410)396-7412 


Child Support Enforcement Division

The Baltimore City Sheriff's Office has a dedicated Child Support Enforcement Division. This division's sole assignment is pursuing delinquent parents in child support cases. 

Our Deputies, after receiving these cases along with the information provided by the custodial parent, must conduct investigations to locate these non-custodial parents and serve them these court notices. Information provided by the custodial parent when establishing Child Support is extremely significant because they can disclose facts that otherwise would not be available to the investigating Deputy.

The Baltimore City Sheriff's Office encourages phone calls that supply information that can lead to service or the apprehension of a non-custodial parent if an arrest warrant has been issued. 

The Sheriff's Office processes approximately 8,000 Child Support Orders a year. These Orders are investigated and worked immediately after our office receives them. 

The Baltimore City Sheriff's Office works cooperatively with courts throughout the state of Maryland and in some instances out-of-state courts in efforts to improve the lives of children by helping to establish paternity and enforce support orders.  

Lastly, the unit also provides security for the Family Court Division of Circuit Court. 

Child Support
Child Support Division
100 N. Calvert Street
Room 104
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410)396-1155


Court House Security 

Courthouse Security is a high priority for the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office. Uniformed Court Security Officers are utilized to ensure the constant security of the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, the Elijah E. Cummings, and the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Circuit Courthouses. 

Court Security Officers perform duties directly related to ensuring the security of the Circuit Courthouses listed above and prisoners awaiting trial. These officers are sworn personnel and have fulfilled all requirements and necessary training to hold the title of a law enforcement officer. Our courthouses are equipped with metal detectors and x-ray machines at each entrance that is authorized for public use. All visitors must pass through the metal detector before entering the courthouses. All packages, backpacks, and purses must pass through the x-ray machine and be cleared by an officer to obtain entry into courthouses. Video surveillance is used throughout the courthouses. All courtrooms are secured by one or more Deputy Sheriffs or Court Security Officers during court trials. 

Only the following individuals while complying with all applicable State, Local, and Federal Laws are permitted to carry firearms into the Circuit Court Facilities:

  • Baltimore City Sheriff Deputies and Court Security Officers;
  • On duty police officers certified in Maryland while on official law enforcement business;
  • On duty federal agents with law enforcement authority while on official law enforcement business; and
  • On duty correctional officers certified in Maryland while on official business. 

All other individuals are prohibited from entering the Circuit Court Facilities with any type of weapon or item that the Sheriff's Office deems a weapon. 

The following items are not allowed in the Courthouses:

  • Weapons or items that may be used as weapons
    • Handguns, Rifles, or Black-powder weapons
    • Mace
    • Tasers
    • Stun Guns
    • Pocket, Folding, or Swiss Army knives of any type
  • Handcuffs or Handcuff keys
  • Tools or Helmets
  • Sprays or Liquids
  • Food or Drink
  • Scissors or Knitting Needles
  • Medicine outside of prescription bottle with holder's names
  • Recording or Camera Equipment
  • Pointed Combs or Brushes
  • Items that have the potential to disrupt court with sound or bright light
  • Changes of clothing, luggage, or large bags
  • No sharp objects are permitted inside courthouses
  • Contraband 
  • Cigarette Lighters

If you are not sure, LEAVE IT AT HOME.
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Security Division
100 N. Calvert Street
Room 119
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410)396-5068


Court Assignment - Deputies assigned to court have the responsibility of maintaining the custody of the prisoners as they are escorted to and from the courtrooms during their trial. Should a jury be requested overnight, the deputy is required to provide 24-hour security, which includes transportation to and from overnight accommodations.

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Transportation/ Lockup Unit - Deputy Sheriffs are responsible for providing transportation for the transfer of prisoners on a daily basis from the sheriff's holding facility to the place of incarceration, to which prisoners have been remanded.

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Transportation/Lockup Division
100 N. Calvert Street
Room 465
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410)396-8629


K-9 Unit

As a part of The Baltimore City Sheriff's Homeland Security Initiative, the Sheriff's Office uses trained canines to detect explosives, weapons, narcotics, and to serve as a general deterrent within the Circuit Courthouses. The canines and their handlers patrol the Circuit Courthouses and Department of Juvenile Justice Center routinely, maintaining a high level of visibility, and ensuring the safety of employees and visitors that enter the Courthouse.  

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Lawrence Dotts, Deputy Sheriff, K-9 Unit


Traffic - All deputy sheriffs have been given moving violation books and marching orders from Sheriff John W. Anderson to enforce all motor vehicle laws. Many Deputies have received specialized traffic training and participate in DWI and seatbelt enforcement checkpoint details.

Kyle Johnson Deputy Sheriff


Miles/Warrant Control Unit - Baltimore City Circuit Court Warrants are housed and entered into a national and local database system, which enables all law enforcement agencies throughout the State to verify criminal and warrant information quickly on individuals. This unit is manned 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by operators working 3 shifts.

Kim Black - Miles

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Accounting Department 

Court Costs and fines are to be paid in the Clarence Mitchell Jr. Court House 

100 N. Calvert Street
Room 102
Hours of Operations: 8:30am-4:30pm
 

Criminal fines and court costs must be pad using one of the following:

  • Cash
  • Money Order
  • Bank issued check

*We do not accept personal checks, credit cards, or online payments.

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Domestic Violence Unit

Our Domestic Violence Unit was created under Sheriff John W. Anderson's leadership to serve orders of protection. The Sheriff's Office is on the front line in the fight against domestic violence, we are serious about the business of protecting our citizens against act of abuse. The safety of our citizens is paramount, the information on this website could potentially assist in helping The Sheriff's Office help you.

What is a Protective Order? What is a Peace Order?

Protective Orders and Peace Orders are civil orders issued by a judge to prevent one person from committing acts of abuse against another. The personal relationship between the "petitioner" (victim, or person seeking protection), and the "respondent" (persona who allegedly committed the act), determines what type of order will be filed. 

Who is eligible for relief?

You cannot qualify for both a Protective Order and a Peace Order. You must first determine which category you fit in, then choose an order based on that information. In order to be eligible for a Protective Order, one of the following must apply:

  • You must be married to your abuser
  • You must be separated or divorced from your abuser
  • You must have a child in common with your abuser
  • You must have lived together in an intimate relationship with your abuser for at least 90 days in the past year
  • You must be related by blood, marriage, or adoption to your abuser
  • You must be in a caretaker-vulnerable adult relationship (vulnerable adult must be related to respondent by blood, marriage, or adoption)
  • People in non-domestic relationships, such as a dating relationship

If you do not fit into one of these relationship categories, then you may be eligible for a Peace Order. Peace Orders are available to:

  • Neighbors
  • Co-workers
  • Acquaintances 
  • Strangers 

In order to be eligible for a Protective Order, the respondent must have committed one of the following act(s) of abuse(s):

  • Caused seriously bodily harm
  • Placed person(s) eligible for relief in fear of imminent serious bodily harm  
  • Assault in any degree
  • Rape or statutory sexual offense (or attempt) in any degree
  • False Imprisonment
  • Stalking
  • Statutory abuse of a child (physical, sexual, or mental)
  • Statutory abuse of a vulnerable adult

If you are in a relationship that qualifies you for a Peace Order, you may be eligible for a Peace Order if the respondent committed the following act(s):

  • Caused seriously bodily harm to petitioner
  • Placed petitioner in fear of imminent serious bodily harm
  • Assault in any degree
  • Rape or a statutory offense (or attempt) in any degree
  • False Imprisonment
  • Harassment 
  • Stalking
  • Trespass
  • Malicious Destruction of Property

What will the Order Do?

Protective and Peace Orders are intended to provide the petitioner and others named in the order with protection. If you qualify, the Judge may order the respondent to:

  • Not abuse or threaten to abuse you
  • Stay away from your home, place of employment, or school
  • Have no contact with you or others named in the petition

A Protective Order may also:

  • Award temporary use and possession of the home to you (the petitioner)
  • Award temporary custody of children to you (the petitioner)
  • Award temporary financial support in the form of Emergency Family Maintenance

Where do you go to apply for an Order?

You may apply for a Protective Order, but not a Peace Order at:

Circuit Court for Baltimore City
111 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
 

You may apply for either a Protective Order or Peace Order at:

District Court for Baltimore City
1400 E. North Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21213
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
 
-or-
 
District Court Commissioner
500 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays - 24 hours, all evenings and weekends, and any time courts are closed
 

Order Application Process:

Step 1: Complete and file the petition

If you file with a Court Commissioner, an Interim Protective Order will be issued. If you file in Circuit or District Court, a Temporary Protective Order will be issued. 

Step 2: Appear for a temporary hearing

Step 3: Sumbit to an interview after the Order has been granted and issued

You will be interviewed by a Sheriff's Office Domestic Violence Advocate or Deputy Sheriff. In the interview, be prepared to respond to the following:

  • Any address where the respondent is living/staying
  • Location of respondent's place of employment 
  • Any telephone/cellular phone numbers the respondent might have
  • Any other location the respondent is known to frequent 

ALSO, notify the Sheriff's Office during the interview or at any time afterwards if any of the following are TRUE:

  • The respondent possesses firearms
  • The respondent is known to carry any type of weapon
  • The respondent is involved in any criminal activity
  • You believe the Deputy Sheriffs should be aware of other known dangers or risks 

Step 4: Appear for final hearing

This hearing is held seven days after the Temporary Protective Order hearing.

*A protective order may last up to one year, with a possible six-month extension. A peace order may last up to six months, with a possible six-month extension.

THERE IS HELP. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. YOU HAVE OPTIONS.

*Information and referrals
*Emergency Shelters
Counseling for victims, abusers, and children
*Court advocacy/accompaniment
*Criminal charges for assault, harassment, stalking, or attempted murder
 
 

IMPORTANT BALTIMORE CITY TELEPHON NUMBERS

Police: 911
24 Hr Hotline: 410.889.7884
House of Ruth: 410.889.0840
Legal Clinic: 410.554.8463
Hotline: 410.828.6390
TurnAround: 410.837.7000
Sheriff's Office: 410.396.1155
Statewide Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-MD-helps (634-3577)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

                                                                                                                                      Domestic Violence Unit


Internal Affairs – The function of the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs is to process and investigate complaints against members of the agency. Interviews are conducted to identify the members being accused and to obtain the facts concerning the complaints.

They also conduct background investigations of all applicants applying with the BCSO. This includes conducting interviews and compiling personal and professional information for employment candidates. 

Internal Affairs Division
100 N. Calvert Street
Room 455
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410)396-4590


A special thank you goes to Deputy Layla Merkes for taking such beautiful photos that
represent the hard work and dedication that our staff put into effect each day here
at the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office. 
Deputy Sheriff Layla Merkes
 

THINK SERVICE, THINK SAFETY, THINK SMART, THINK SHERIFF JOHN W. ANDERSON

 

NOTE: THE INFORMATION PROVIDED TO YOU BY THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND NOT MEANT TO SERVE AS LEGAL ADVICE.