HAGERSTOWN - A new addition to the Washington County Sheriff's Department is spearheading the department's effort to earn accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA).
Maj. Sam Billotti, formerly of the Frederick County (Md.) Sheriff's Office - where he served on patrol, as part of the Narcotics Task Force and as a member of the SWAT team - earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore by attending night school while on duty in Frederick County.
He passed the Maryland Bar Exam and now advises the Washington County Sheriff's Department as a nonpracticing lawyer.
Billotti handles internal affairs issues and complaints against officers, addresses areas of potential liability for the department and even wrote a piece of legislation that is pending before the state legislature.
Billotti's bill would allow fire companies to increase the number of fire police working for them, he said.
Billotti brings an outside perspective to the Sheriff's Department, Mullendore said.