Increase in police calls tied to population growth Chief reports 21,000 requests for service this year

August 24, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Lt. Roy Neigh, commander of the Westminster barracks of the state police, yesterday told the Carroll County Commissioners that the increase in the number of calls for service is because of the increase in county's population.

Lieutenant Neigh said the troopers in the Westminster barracks have handled more than 21,000 calls this year compared to a total of 29,450 calls in all of 1992. ?

The commissioners learned that, as part of the six-month statewide "Operation Good Guys" program, troopers in the county will concentrate on motorists violating school bus regulations in September.

Troopers will ride on school buses and communicate with an officer in an unmarked car to catch motorists who pass a bus boarding or discharging a student. State law requires motorists to stop behind such buses throughout Carroll County.

He said the 44 resident troopers assigned to the barracks have worked more than 1,000 hours at events such as carnivals and activities at the Farm Museum. And, he said, many more hours will be spent at the steam engine show and Maryland Wine Festival.

Lieutenant Neigh also thanked the commissioners for buying 17 new police cars to replace the oldest of the resident trooper vehicles.

Of the 44 resident troopers in the county, two are assigned to narcotic investigations, one to a child abuse unit and five are detailed to the criminal investigation division at the barracks. Resident troopers are paid by the county.

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