WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is preparing to take the lead in law enforcement in the county.

The sheriff’s office is making the transition Friday to being the county’s primary law enforcement agency, taking over duties that have been performed by state police.

Under an agreement signed earlier this year, the sheriff’s office will also be responsible for registered sex offender monitoring, licensing of secondhand precious metal objects dealers and pawnbrokers and the Regional Automated Property Information Database.

Maryland State Police will move the 45 troopers assigned to county in the resident troopers program to other duties around the state over the next three years. Troopers will still respond to incidents on state and federal highways in the county.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. KottaMan says:

    Why not send the Troopers to the I-95 corridor? That way, the Md Transportation Authority can save some money with its police department that wants to run the Troopers off I-95 all the way to the Delaware border. By not needing to hire more MT Admin officers, they can save and not be wadded up in their pants about raising tolls.

  2. chalkie says:

    I say move them and any extra state troopers into that toilet called Baltimore City. Then maybe crime will actually go down. The city needs all the help it can get, because apparently the criminals are not scared of the cops with all the day time shootings and murders.

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