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Sheriff Darren M. Popkin

Sheriff Darren M. Popkin directs an office of 180 employees, including a staff of 148 sworn law enforcement officers and 29 civilian employees who provide a wide range of judicial and law enforcement services throughout Montgomery County, Maryland. Prior to his election on November 2, 2010 and re-election in 2014,  Sheriff Popkin was the Chief Deputy, second-in-command of the Sheriff’s Office for twelve years.

During a 30 year law enforcement career Sheriff Popkin rose through the ranks, serving in the Sheriff’s Office Criminal, Family, Civil and Court Services Divisions. Sheriff Popkin continues his involvement in innovative programs designed to reduce the incidents of domestic violence in the County. He was on the strategic planning committee responsible for designing and implementing the interagency Montgomery County Family Justice Center (FJC) which opened in May, 2009 and has since served over 6,000 clients. Sheriff Popkin continues his executive management role with the FJC.

Sheriff Popkin received a B.A. degree in Law Enforcement from the University of Maryland, College Park, and graduated from the former Robert E. Peary High School. Darren’s off-duty passion has been coaching boys’ and girls’ softball and basketball teams in local leagues and national tournaments. He is an active basketball player in the Montgomery County adult athletic league.

A family man and life-long county resident, Sheriff Popkin lives in Olney with his wife and their three children. His son attends school in Montgomery County, and his two daughters attend college.

Sheriff Popkin has extensive involvement in law enforcement training and professional organizations including:

  • Past President and Board of Directors, Maryland Sheriffs’ Association
  • Member, Domestic violence Coordination Council
  • Member Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council
  • Member, National Sheriffs’ Association
  • Member, International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Member, Fraternal Order of Police
  • Member, Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff’s Association
  • Member, Montgomery County Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission
  • Special Deputy, U. S. Marshal’s Service
  • Graduate FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development School (LEEDS)
The Sheriff's Office is first Sheriff's Office in the State of Maryland to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The Sheriff's Office received its initial accreditation in November of 1995 and underwent successful on site re-evaluations in 2000, 2003, and 2006, 2009 and most recently in 2012. In order to receive and maintain accreditation, the Sheriff's Office has to demonstrate voluntarily that they meet over 4 6 0 professionally recognized standards for excellence in management and service delivery.