Chief Deputy Adam Walter, center, with Sheriff Tim Cameron and Command Staff

St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office Hosts Illinois Police Agency

Press Release, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office hosted the Chief Deputy of a sheriff’s office from Illinois for three days last week, providing mentoring and guidance. 

Facilitated through the national Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Sheriff Tim Cameron and Command Staff of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office shared local law enforcement expertise with Adam Walter, Chief Deputy of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois. 

In November, a new Sheriff was elected in Macon County Sheriff’s Office and the law enforcement agency is updating its policies by reviewing the policies and procedures of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. 

Corrections Major Deborah Diedrich takes Chief Deputy Adam Walter on a tour of the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center

The populations of Macon County, Illinois and St. Mary’s County are similar in size and the Police Executive Research Forum “chose us to assist as the model to work toward,” Sheriff Cameron said. 

Macon County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Walter worked with Sheriff Cameron for three days, met with the agency’s commanders and toured the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center with Corrections Major Deborah Diedrich on Wednesday. 

Chief Deputy Adam Walter, center, sits in at a Command Staff meeting

On Thursday, Walter met with Major Michael Merican, Assistant Sheriff of St. Mary’s County; the administrative division and Chief of Staff Marvin Butler; Capt. Ed Willenborg for an overview of the Criminal Investigations Division; Lt. Michael Gardiner for a briefing on the Office of Professional Responsibilities and Capt. Steven Hall for an overview of the Special Operations Division. 

On the third and final day on Friday, Chief Deputy Walter met with Capt. David Yingling for an overview of the Patrol Division, Capt. Eric Sweeney for an overview of Vice/Narcotics management and with accreditation officials. 

In the effort to update police policies in Macon County, Illinois, Sheriff Cameron told Chief Deputy Walter, “We’re part of this now. We’re committed to your success.” 

Chief Deputy Walter thanked St. Mary’s staff and said, “I want to do what’s best for my community. I want to do what’s best for my agency. I want to do what’s best for my sheriff.”

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