Calls to troopers for service rise by 6,000 in '93

March 11, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Calls to the state police for service in Carroll County last year were up 21 percent, an increase of more than 6,000, Lt. Roy Neigh, commander of the Westminster barracks, told the county commissioners yesterday.

Lieutenant Neigh said the resident and barracks troopers answered more than 35,700 calls for service, ranging from homicide to dog bites and nonemergency matters, during 1993.

A pilot program for "community policing" in the Eldersburg area may become a reality in the near future, with volunteers assisting uniformed resident troopers in keeping an office open there five or six hours each day, he said.

This would allow residents to drop in to the office and become more familiar with law enforcement officers and their duties.

Lieutenant Neigh told the commissioners that all 13 marked 1994 Chevrolet Caprice patrol vehicles ordered by the county for resident troopers should be received by the end of April.

Four unmarked vehicles, also purchased by the county, should arrive by late spring or early summer.

Three troopers, who will graduate tomorrow, have been assigned to the Westminster barracks for their eight-week field-training program and could be assigned here permanently.

Resident troopers logged more than 2,182 hours on special events within the county, more than double the 1,062 hours spent in 1992, Lieutenant Neigh said.

The commander told the commissioners that 27 vehicles assigned to the remaining resident troopers will be need replacing soon because most have been driven in excess of 100,000 miles.

The commissioners took that information under consideration for a later decision.

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