Md. troopers in Bel Air won't be cut

January 24, 1993|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer

A plan to reorganize the Maryland state police won't affect police service in Harford County, which depends on the agency's help for routine policing.

"We have a commitment to Harford County and [Harford] Sheriff Robert Comes," state police Superintendent Larry Tolliver said.

"We are not pulling out of Harford by any stretch of the imagination. We are not transferring troopers. We're also not pulling out of 911 service."

Mr. Tolliver's comments came in response to concerns raised at a Friday meeting of the Harford County legislative delegation about a possible cut in troopers at the Bel Air barracks.

Harford relies heavily on the support of the 50 state troopers in the Bel Air barracks. They share the responsibility for answering 911 calls with deputies in the sheriff's office.

Calls to the sheriff's office rose 19 percent last year, to 114,453.

Mr. Tolliver said the changes are administrative, and would mean the Bel Air troopers "would have more resources than they've ever had."

He said he had told Harford state Sen. William H. Amoss Thursday that the Bel Air barracks would lose no troopers as a result of the reorganization.

But Mr. Amoss did not attend Friday's delegation meeting.

"They're just going to find there's going to be more coordination on investigations," said Mr. Tolliver.

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