The sheriff's office is the primary law enforcement agency in Charles County. The agency provides all services generally associated with a police department in addition to court-related services. The sheriff's office also operates the Charles County Detention Center.
Law enforcement services in Charles County began in 1658, when Nicholas Gwyther was simultaneously appointed Sheriff in Charles and St. Mary’s counties. The original duties of the Sheriff included collecting taxes, serving warrants, apprehending criminals, executing criminals and occasionally investigating witchcraft.
Sheriff Rex W. Coffey.
- Nicholas Gwyther (first sheriff)