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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sheriff High Takes Oath for Second Term

(Addresses Events in Recent Weeks)

Upper Marlboro, MD…Prince George’s County Sheriff Melvin C. High was sworn in last Thursday to officially begin his second term as the County’s elected Sheriff in an Investiture Ceremony at the Upper Marlboro Courthouse. The Sheriff took the oath of office with his wife Ms. Brenda High at his side and was also joined by his daughter Tracy who gave remarks. The Honorable Sheila R. Tillerson Adams presided and was joined on the bench by Judge Herman C. Dawson, Sr. and Judge Cathy H. Serrette of the Circuit Court.

County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and County Council President Mel Franklin, each made remarks. The County Executive thanked the Sheriff for his service and partnership.  Council Chair Franklin made note of the agency’s progress and said he looked forward to seeing what’s next under the Sheriff’s leadership.

Looking to the next four years, Sheriff High said the agency would continue to build on the solid foundation that has been laid and spoke to several new goals and challenges that lay ahead in the next four years, including a safe and well-designed facility for the agency and CALEA Accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. He said transparency is an important factor in building trust and called Domestic Violence an issue of the times that demands to be addressed.

Sheriff High also referenced the events in Missouri and New York that have raised concerns among communities nationwide about the relationship between the community and law enforcement.

Sheriff High’s Investiture Ceremony Remarks:

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