County Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

December 21, 2008

Capitol Police get green patrol vehicle

The Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) recently purchased a new T3 patrol unit for its environmentally friendly police fleet for the Maryland Capital Police in Annapolis who patrol the state house.

The first such patrol unit is a three-wheel electric personal mobility vehicle that can be used to assist Annapolis City Police as part of the "Capital City Safe Streets" program. It was purchased with a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration.

The Annapolis police fleet also includes a 100 percent solar-charged, all-terrain vehicle and a carbon-free, energy-efficient Segway.

"The T3, like our Segway and solar vehicle, is very maneuverable, and it enables our officers to patrol in areas that are inaccessible to cars," said Maryland Capital Police Chief Phil Palmere. "All three vehicles are a natural fit for the campus-like setting of the Annapolis office center. Additionally, they have the added benefit of saving energy and being good for the environment."

The T3 is cost-effective, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. It has zero gas emission, gets the equivalent of more than 500 miles per gallon and costs about 10 cents a day to operate. Police agencies already using the T3 indicate an average annual savings up to $30,000 per gasoline-powered vehicle.

The Segway also offers zero emissions and allows officers to go indoors. The personal transporter is recharged using electricity, with an estimated operating cost of 13 cents a day. The solar utility vehicle can run up to 12 hours when fully charged and is powered by a rooftop 185-watt photovoltaic solar panel that feeds eight batteries.

The Maryland Capital Police provides law enforcement and security for 40 state buildings, 10 parking garages and 16 surface parking lots used by state employees and visited by more than 1 million people each year.

Champion awards

The Champion Officials Group, an organization that establishes and promotes professional standards for football and lacrosse officials for youth and high school levels, has announced the recipients of its honors awards for 2008.

Veteran official Chad Brown of Laurel received the Bob Bush Award, named for one of the group's founders, and Ed Bartlinski of Baltimore was given the rookie official award.

Awards are given for achievement during the past year.

The Champion Officials Group serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard and Frederick counties.

Coretta King Awards

The YWCA Annapolis and Anne Arundel County will present two 2008 Coretta Scott King Awards, one to an individual and one to a community program.

The program award will be presented at the 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner Jan. 16 at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie. This year's program recipient will be "Tribute to Women of Color," an inclusive organization of ethnic groups that strives to identify and address educational, political, health, family and social issues. The organization especially focuses on improving the quality of life and spiritual development for all women.

Annapolis Alderwoman Dr. Classie Hoyle will receive the individual award, which will be presented at the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at 8 a.m. Jan. 19 at Anne Arundel Community College.

Information: 410-626-7800, ext. 115.

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