It's an effort by the Sheriff's Office to be pro-active in law enforcement.
The last week of September, 2013, was a busy time for Frederick County Sheriff's deputies who were part of the PACE team.
Authorities stopped Domingo Mendoza, 33, and Amanda Dunsmore, 21, both of Frederick, along Lambert Drive and Dartmor Court at 11:20 PM on Thursday, September 26th. They were issued criminal citations for possession of marijuana and released. A search of their vehicle netted suspected pot.
On Friday, September 27th at around 1:00 AM, deputies stopped a vehicle on Corporate Drive for speeding. A search of the vehicle netted eight grams of marijuana, a digital scale and a smoking device. The driver was a 17-year-old male who was charged as a juvenile with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was released to his mother's custody.
PACE stands for Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement. The Sheriff's Office says deputies assigned to the PACE Team can be moved to various locations around the county which have been victimized by crime. It uses saturation patrols, bike and foot patrols and warrant investigations. PACE Team members can use marked patrol cars, or plain clothes deputies in unmarked vehicles. It consists of one sergeant and four deputies who are under the direct command of the patrol supervisor.