State police present need to commissioners 11 new cruisers to cost $140,000

December 11, 1992|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A state police official told the Carroll County commissioner yesterday that they need to buy 11 new patrol cars for the resident troopers program at a cost of nearly $140,000.

Despite several inches of snow on the ground and more on the way to complicate their jobs, officers from the state police barracks in Westminster took the time for their quarterly meeting on the resident trooper program.

Maj. Randy Holt, northern regional commander, told Commissioners Donald Dell and Elmer Lippy that some of the vehicles being used by the resident troopers will have to be replaced soon because of their high mileage.

One of the marked police cars will have a projected 140,000 miles on the odometer, and 10 will have reached the 120,000 mark by next October, he said.

"Even if the cars could be ordered in the near future, it would be spring of 1994 before those cars could be in the hands of the troopers," he said. "By then many of the present vehicles will be showing about 160,000 miles and will be too costly to keep and maintain."

Under an agreement with the state police, Carroll County pays the full cost of the resident trooper program. These costs include salary and equipment used by the officers.

There are 44 resident troopers actively engaged in law enforcement in the county, Major Holt told the commissioners.

The major said the state has ordered 200 new Ford Crown Victorias at a cost of $12,700 each to replace patrol cars now in use throughout Maryland. He said the county could buy into this scheduled purchase at the same cost.

vTC He added that Ford was the lowest bidder and the model ordered gets the best gas mileage of those offered by the bidding companies.

Lt. Roy Neigh, commander of the Westminster barracks, told the commissioners that a Holiday Patrol program, in which his troopers join with officers of the Sheriff's Department to patrol malls and shopping centers, is a huge success and is reducing thefts and other crimes in the area. Officers are patrolling while on their regular tour of duty and no overtime money is being used, he said.

The Volunteers in Police Support, who contribute their time to work at barracks around the state, were honored at State Police Headquarters today, the commander said. He praised those 29 volunteers, who give about 300 hours per month in Carroll.

The hours donated allow patrol troopers to remain on the highways and instead of performing office duty that would be required from time to time if the volunteers were not available, Lieutenant Neigh said.

A sobriety check-point will be established in the county during the holiday season, he told the commissioners.

First Sgt. Steve Reynolds said the state police are collecting food in conjunction with the Meals for Maryland program and that it will be distributed to the needy in the county during the holidays. Food can be dropped off at the state police barracks, he said.

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