The governor's proposed cuts in the State Police budget surprised those who believed a career in public safety was a safe haven from politics and layoffs.
"Overall, it's taking an effect on morale," says Trooper Sandra Denise Skinner, a 2 1/2 -year veteran who expects to be transferred to the Golden Ring barracks with the planned closing of the Security barracks in western Baltimore County.
Most of the 83 troopers and 25 civilian positions erased under the plan are supervisory, which also caught Skinner by surprise. Many of them could include friends with 10 to 20 years of experience.
The Security and College Park barracks in Prince George's County would close under the proposal.
Several troopers, many of whom are being laid off, booed Gov. William Donald Schaefer today as he announced the job cuts at a Crownsville meeting with business and county leaders.
Some of the troopers had a brief shoving match with state security guards, who blocked them from attending the governor's meeting.
The guards later allowed the troopers to come in.
Among the protesters was Sgt. Terry Custerfrom the Security barracks who said he will lose his job after 19 years of service. He is six years short of retirement.