Troopers seek satellite police station Liberty Road location would enhance presence in South Carroll

June 04, 1998|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

A satellite police station along the busy Liberty Road corridor could dispel fears about crime and traffic hazards, state troopers told the county yesterday.

"Sometime down the road, we would like the county to build us a satellite office, a South Carroll police station," said 1st Sgt. Andy Mays, spokesman for the Westminster barracks of the state police.

Residents in South Carroll, the most populated area of the county, have complained for years about the lack of police presence, law enforcement officials said. It might be the perception, but it is not the reality, they said.

"South Carroll is the busiest area and we offer it the most trooper presence," Mays said. "It has the highest population and the most calls for service. South Carroll gets 35 percent of our manpower."

If 10 troopers are patrolling the county, at least four will be in the Eldersburg area, Mays said.

But if a trooper is called from Westminster, it takes at least 30 minutes to travel to Eldersburg. A satellite station would eliminate that travel time and allow more visibility, particularly along Liberty Road.

The police use a small room adjacent to the Eldersburg branch library, which is eyeing that space for expansion. The library is on West Hemlock Drive, off the main corridor.

"It is good for you to plan ahead and alert us when something like this is needed," said Commissioner Donald I. Dell.

The county has tentative plans to construct a multipurpose building near Oklahoma Road Middle School. That building would be ideal for a police office, Mays said.

Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown suggested space was available at the Springfield Hospital campus along Route 32.

"The best deterrent and presence for Eldersburg would be on Liberty Road," said Mays. "I could see this as being manned about five years from now."

Pub Date: 6/04/98

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