Carroll County Commissioners Approve Public Safety Transition

In a seeming resolution to a longstanding issue in Carroll County, the newly seated Commissioners have voted to approve a transition, seeking to place primary law enforcement authority with the county Sheriff. From the Carroll County Times coverage:

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will become the primary law enforcement agency in the county by the time it replaces 45 Maryland State Police troopers with 42 new deputies over the next three years.

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday on a resolution that phases out the county’s use of state police as the primary law enforcement agency and instead use services provided by the sheriff’s office. The three-year transition will begin July 1.

With the approval of the resolution, the board also voted to fund the training of nine deputy recruits at the Maryland Police and Correctional Training facility in Sykesville beginning in January. The recruits will finish their training in June and begin patrolling in August.

Carroll had been the only county making primary use of the “resident trooper” program for primary law enforcement within the county.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties

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