To establish a policy relating to the safety and security of all persons working, visiting, or conducting business at any County Facility, the Deputy County Administrator, Wilson Parran proposed the following:
- County Facility: Lands, lots, grounds, buildings, and structures owned, leased, used or occupied, in whole or in part, by the County Commissioners of Calvert County.
- Contraband: Any item or substance, the possession of which is illegal, including, but not limited to, controlled dangerous substances and drug paraphernalia.
- Appointed Employee: A non-merit employee who is hired by the authority of law and who serves for an indefinite period of time and serves at the pleasure of an elected official.
- Elected Official: A person who is an official by virtue of an election.
- Employee: Includes Employees paid by the County Commissioners of Calvert County, whether a statutory employee of the County Commissioners, or for whom the County Commissioners are a pay agent, volunteers, court-ordered workers, inmates, or any individual working under the direction of a Calvert County Employee.
- Sworn Law Enforcement Officers: Includes federal, state, county, and municipal Officers or agents acting in their official capacity in the performance of their assigned duties.
- Correctional Officers: Includes federal, state, county and municipal officers or parole and probation agents acting in their official capacity in the performance of their assigned duties.
- Security Officers of Calvert County Sheriff’s Office: Includes officers assigned by the Sheriff to provide security on County property.
- Weapon: Includes a dirk knife, bowie knife, switchblade knife, star knife, sand club, metal knuckles, razor, and nunchaku. Does not include a handgun or a penknife without a switchblade.
- Firearm: A weapon that expels, is designed to expel, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; or the frame or receiver of such a weapon. Firearm includes a starter gun.
- Possession: For the purposes of this Policy, a person has Possession of something if the person knows of its presence and has physical control of it, or has the power and intention to control it, either alone or with someone else. Possession includes, without limitation, carrying on one’s person, in a container of any type, or placement in a desk, office, or another place. More than one person can be in Possession of something if each knows of its presence and has the power and intention to control it.
- Except as provided in C or D below, no Employee or visitor may at any time be in the Possession of a Weapon, Firearm, or Contraband in a County Facility.
- Holders of a Permit to Carry a Handgun issued by the Maryland State Police under Article 4, Section 303 of the Annotated Code of Maryland or any handgun or weapons permit issued by another State or jurisdiction are not exempt from the policy.
- The prohibition against the possession of a Weapon or Firearm set forth in this Policy does not apply to a Sworn Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Officer, or a Security Officer, as defined in Section II, Items F, G, and H of this Policy, who is carrying an assigned weapon while in the performance of their official duty, or Appointed Employees or Elected Officials who hold a valid Permit to Carry a Handgun issued by the Maryland State Police or a valid Proficiency Card issued in accordance with the provisions of Title 18, 44USC, §926B and 926C, and is performing their official duty.
- The prohibition against the Possession of a Weapon or Firearm set forth in this Policy does not apply to a licensed hunter at a County Facility where hunting is permitted.
Commissioner Hance amended the document with a committee to review exceptions for personal protections. This was voted on and approved by the Calvert County Board of Commissioners 5-0 at their June 23, 2020 meeting.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon