Planning and Research

The Sheriff’s Office Planning and Research Unit recognizes and anticipates issues that may affect agency operations, present and future, as well as the integrity of the agency. Members of the unit research state of the art technologies and equipment that will maximize the efficiency of the agency and provide a safe environment for Sheriff's Office employees and the citizens of Harford County. A Lieutenant and one Deputy currently staff the unit. Duties and responsibilities of the Planning and Research Unit are varied and include:

  • Draft and revise agency policies and procedures based on contemporary issues and trends
  • Research and secure grant funding to supplement agency manpower, purchase equipment and finance various projects that enhance crime fighting techniques and community policing efforts. Ensure compliance with all financial and programmatic reporting requirements. The Sheriff’s Office currently manages approximately $3 million dollars in Federal and State grant funding
  • Develop and implement programs aimed at improving the quality of the agency and its members
  • Research products and technologies that affect law enforcement