State police unveil new goals for agency Reassignments, training planned

January 20, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Col. Larry W. Tolliver, the state police superintendent, yesterday unveiled new plans that chart short- and long-range directions for his agency.

Colonel Tolliver told a news conference at state police headquarters in Pikesville that 105 present desk sergeants will be returning to the field for road patrol or other outside duties.

Seventy-six state police positions now filled by sworn personnel will go to civilians, he said. Those jobs include public affairs, auto safety enforcement and pilots for state police aircraft.

An additional 317 police positions will be transferred to supplement field operations personnel. They are now classified under administration, special operations and the agency's service bureaus.

All road enforcement troopers will be trained in investigative techniques and proper applications of the law so they will be prepared to initiate appropriate criminal cases from traffic stops.

And, all troopers will be trained to inspect vehicles stopped for traffic violations.

Colonel Tolliver said he will continue the Resident Trooper program, used by seven counties, including Carroll, to enforce the laws outside city or town limits.

"Carroll County would be silly to pull out of the program, since it is very popular," he said.

"They [county residents] have all the resources of the state police. They have the best of both worlds."

Carroll County pays the full cost of the Resident Trooper program, which began here in 1974, according to state police.

That cost includes troopers' pay, equipment and vehicles. The state police pay administrative costs associated with operating the program.

The colonel said state police "will concentrate their resources" on violent crimes, such as carjackings, homicide, robbery, and solving old murders.

Drug and alcohol abuse enforcement and education, criminal intelligence services and crime lab services will be continued in communities not having those capabilities," he said.

The state police enforcement patrol units will concentrate on interstate highways and major state routes, and not on local roads, the superintendent said.

"Enforcement will be directed toward drug enforcement and interdiction, DWI, accident investigation, accident reconstruction and traffic homicide investigation," he said.

"The agency is moving into a more rounded enforcement unit to help stop crime violence," the superintendent said.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer said in a prepared statement yesterday that the new role and mission detailed by Colonel Tolliver "will enable the state police to focus on the effective delivery of targeted services, rather than spreading declining manpower across a broad range of responsibilities.

"The duplication of services will also be avoided in counties with large police departments," the governor said.

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