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The Board of County Commissioners' new Unified Law Enforcement Group met for the first time this past week, and already got a word of caution from one of its members about the task of creating a blueprint for a county police force.

"For everything you think of that needs to be done (to start a law enforcement agency from the ground up), there are hundreds more that you don't think of," said Katherine Perez, chief of the recently-created Bowie Police Department in Prince George's County.

"And each of those things comes with a price tag," she added.

Earlier this year, the Board of Commissioners was stymied in its attempt to create a county police force when legislation was introduced by Carroll's Delegation, and approved by the Maryland General Assembly, that required the issue go to referendum.

The commissioners opted not to advance the proposal for now -- thus avoiding a referendum this year -- but did act to convene the nine-member work group to develop a process for creating a county police department on the assumption that the issue will be revisited by next board of commissioners.

Two members of the group -- Perez and John O'Neill, deputy director of Maryland Environmental Services and former acting superintendent of the Maryland State Police -- are from outside the county.

At the group's first meeting Oct. 14, both expressed being unaware of the political fire storm over the county police force issue last year.

That debate centered on cost and control between the choice of a county force with a chief appointed by the commissioners, or an expansion of the existing Carroll County Sheriff's Office with its elected sheriff.

O'Neill said he aided a similar study in Harford County in the 1990s when the county executive there decided to create a police force. He said that group's work ultimately came to naught.

"(The issue) ultimately went to referendum and the voters decided, by three percent, to keep law enforcement with the sheriff's office," he said.

Perez said everything from uniforms, badges and patrol cars to weapons, vehicles, technology and personnel will have to be considered, as well as whether to out-source services such as compiling statistics, dispatching patrol cars and administering polygraph tests or hiring in-house specialists.

"It's a lot of, lot of hard work," Perez said.

She and O'Neill said they need to know the commissioners' intentions on the issue. Said Perez: "There's something driving something here, and I don't know it."

Other members of the Unified Law Enforcement Work Group are Maj. Thomas Long of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office; Andrew Mays, investigator for the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office; Lt. Andrew Winner, State Police Westminster Barrack Commander; Retired State Police Lt. Dean Richardson; Westminster Police Chief Jeff Spaulding and Sykesville Police Department Chief John Williams.

Richardson noted that since it remains uncertain whether the political hurdles will be cleared for creating a new department, it might make sense for the group to consider two separate blueprints -- one a county police department and another for expanding or transferring the sheriff's office personnel and resources.

Cynthia Parr, chief of Administrative Services for the county and chair of the work group, said information on projected costs and budget constraints will be provided at the group's next meeting, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. in the county office building.

The meetings are open, but there is no public comment period. However, questions can be submitted in writing.


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