Police agencies expand response areas

April 23, 2006|By JUSTIN FENTON

The Harford County Sheriff's Office has announced a regional agreement with the county's three municipalities that will enable officers to respond to emergency situations outside of their jurisdictions.

The impact is expected to be felt most in traffic enforcement, officials said. Previously, an officer who observed a violation - such as drunken driving - while outside of his or her jurisdiction was required to alert the local authorities.

Each agency will be required to establish a set of policies to govern their officers outside of their respective jurisdictions.

"The revised Regional Law Enforcement Compact allows for resources which are available by the Sheriff and local law enforcement to be deployed immediately to help resolve emergencies and provide for enhanced public safety," Havre de Grace police Chief Teresa Walter said in a news release.

In 2005, Sheriff R. Thomas Golding sought legislation to allow municipal officers to make traffic stops outside of their jurisdictions. A bill originating from Prince George's and Montgomery counties that year made the agreement possible.

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