DFC Christopher Michael Sloane will retire from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office on September 1, 2018, after dedicating 25 years of faithful and loyal, combined police and military service to the citizens of Calvert County, State of Maryland, and our country.
His admirable career began as a Deputy Sheriff for the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, August 11, 1997. While attending the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy, Police Entry Level Training Program, 1997-1.He was a stand-out recruit, graduating in February 1998, and September 13, 1999, he began the Prince George’s County Police Emergency Services Team Basic Training Course, graduating October 1, 1999.
On January 1, 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy First Class (DFC), and has served under three Sheriffs — Vonzell Ward, John Bartlett, and Mike Evans.
DFC Sloane faithfully performed his duties in many capacities throughout his career, including Patrol Deputy, member of the Traffic Safety Unit, Class Coordinator at the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy, Police Counter-Sniper, Firearms Instructor, Patrol Rifle Instructor, Taser Instructor, Colt Armorer, Scuba Diver, Surface Supplied Air Diver, Fast Roping, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Boat Operator, Anti-Terrorism, Woodland Tactics, Surveillance Detection, Improvised Explosive Device Detection, Accident Reconstruction, Field Training Officer, along with many courses and qualifications. DFC Sloane became a member of the Special Operations Team (SOT) March 15, 1999, serving as a member for 19 years.
Serving with distinction and valor, DFC Sloane performed an amazing 1,500 high-risk operations, saving multiple lives and apprehending countless criminals in our community. His loyalty to teammates and bravery in the face of danger are characteristics he repeatedly displayed and cemented by his actions in and out of uniform. When experience, steadfastness, and reliability were needed for the operation, he was called upon and would always deliver, receiving numerous awards and commendations throughout his distinguished career, including the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners’ Pride and Quality Award — for a 24-hour barricade with a homicide suspect in 2001, and the following awards from the Sheriff’s Office: SOT Top Gun Award 2007 and 2013; Excellence in Law Enforcement Award — for his efforts during the ship fire aboard the USS Hugo in 2009; Commendation for Valor — for his actions in a police involved shooting during an open-air barricade in 2007; Commendation — for his actions during a barricade involving an armed suspect in 2017; and a Citation for Valor.
The Maryland Sheriff’s Association Medal of Valor — for his actions during a double homicide/suicide barricade in 2012; the Top Gun Award during his firearms instructor course in 2009; the United States Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation — for the non-compliant boarding and takeback of the motor vessel Ocean Victory in 2008. From apprehending drug dealers, rescuing hostages, helping those in need, and arresting those who would cause great danger to the common good, DFC Sloane exemplified the qualities and attributes of a consummate law enforcement officer. His actions and accomplishments speak for themselves, serving our community and the Sheriff’s Office with distinction, heroism, and bravery above and beyond the call of duty.
Commissioner Hart wanted to know if the deputy wife’s was being given a proclamation for having been married for 10 years to the honoree, which got a chuckle from those in attendance. Commissioner Pat Nutter said that Deputy Sloane inherited his bullet proof vest. And Commissioner Hejl told everyone that when he first met Chris, he was told by Chris to “break glass if you need me”. DFC Sloane told the commissioners his career was successful thanks to “the guys in green, many of whom were in the meeting room, to show their admiration for Chris on his retirement. “Chris would have laid down his life for anyone of these guys,” said Commander Steve Jones.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners presented a proclamation as a tribute to DFC Sloane’s outstanding accomplishments during his distinguished career at their meeting August 7, 2018 recognizing this amazing man who strove to improve the quality of life for all Calvert County citizens.
The BOCC proclaimed that the appreciation of all Calvert County citizens is hereby extended to Deputy First Class Christopher Michael Sloane on his Retirement after 25 years of reliable and commendable public service. It was also proclaimed by the commissioners that they joined with the community, co-workers, family, and friends of DFC Sloane in conveying best wishes for a long, healthy, and happy retirement with continued success in all his future endeavors.
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