Assembly action aids Crofton police in certification bid

April 07, 1994

The Crofton Police Department appears to be closing in on its goal of obtaining Maryland Police Training Commission certification, after the General Assembly yesterday passed a bill that would grant the status change.

"I'm just very, very, very glad," Crofton police Chief Deborah L. Bogush said yesterday. "It's a long time coming."

The House of Delegates voted 133-1 to accept two minor Senate amendments. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday on a 42-0 vote.

The House originally passed the measure March 4 on a vote of 132-1.

Certification would clarify the legal position of Crofton's five officers, granting them the protection of the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights.

Certification also could make the department eligible for federal and state grants. It would increase insurance benefits for families of officers killed in the line of duty, and would make it easier for Crofton officers to move to jobs in other police departments without returning to the police academy for re-certification.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer has not taken a position on the bill, a spokesman said yesterday, but the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has endorsed the measure.

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