In September 2015 Manns Woodward Studios was selected to design the new Sheriff District 4 Office in St. Mary’s County. Due to growing population and the Sheriff’s strategic plan to develop a community policing unit, a new base of operations was needed in Lexington Park, Maryland. The building is designed to provide a visible presence within the community and encourage public interactions with the police.
The building interior is designed to comply with national law enforcement standards. Special attention is made for site and sound separation between juveniles, female and male detainees. The entire building is equipped throughout with an access control system, audio/video surveillance and emergency and life safety systems. Exterior glazing, along with interior glazing separating public spaces from administrative offices, is protected by a bullet resistant glazing system.