Carroll Co., local police to discuss liability coverage plan

September 02, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Carroll officials plan to discuss today a proposal between the county and local police agencies that could augment injury and liability coverage for officers who might perform duties outside municipal limits.

Officers in five of the county's eight municipalities frequently are asked to help state or area police agencies outside town limits. Under such circumstances, the officers are covered under the state's mutual aid agreement, but some have questioned if that coverage is sufficient.

Details of the proposal were not available yesterday.

Wallace P. Mitchell, Sykesville police chief, said the issue arose about four years ago, but had been dormant until presented to the County Commissioners this year.

Mitchell said no Sykesville officer has been hurt while on duty outside town limits.

Melvin Diggs, Taneytown police chief, and R. Kenneth Meekins, Hampstead police chief, said the issue of liability has been discussed, but said no officers have been injured assisting another agency outside their jurisdictions.

The other municipalities with police departments are Westminster and Manchester.

Resident troopers from the Westminster barracks of the Maryland State Police are the county's principal law enforcement agency. They are well-covered under a state insurance plan, said Capt. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman.

Carroll County Sheriff John H. Brown said deputies serving warrants regularly request and receive backup from state troopers or local officers.

Pub Date: 9/02/98

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