OCEAN CITY, Md. — Each the Worcester County Sheriff’s Workplace and Ocean Metropolis Police Division need to buy armored personnel carriers, however these plans may need to vary after the Maryland Basic Meeting voted this week to ban the acquisition of armored autos by police businesses.
On Monday, the Maryland Home of Delegates handed the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 — Surplus Navy Tools and Investigation of Deaths by Police Officers, which might ban native police businesses from buying armored autos and different gear from federal surplus packages.
The invoice is one in all a number of items of laws this session geared toward reforming legislation enforcement. It now heads to Gov. Larry Hogan, who hasn’t indicated whether or not he plans to signal the invoice.
The armored automobile ban would take impact June 1, if signed into legislation by Hogan.
Ocean Metropolis police outbid
The invoice’s passage comes because the Ocean Metropolis division actively seems to exchange its getting old armored automobile and Worcester County sheriff, final month, introduced plans to buy a personnel provider.
OCPD’s 41-year-old armored automobile has reached the tip of its life, in response to Metropolis Supervisor Doug Miller. The automobile, which was purchased used from Baltimore County, can also be affected by a mechanical subject with its exhaust system that is inflicting carbon dioxide to vent into the cab.
Miller informed the Ocean Metropolis mayor and City Council that OCPD wanted to decommission and substitute the automobile throughout a March 30 work session. He urged the council to permit OCPD to bid on a $90,000 armored automobile from Washington County.
The council unanimously permitted that bid, however OCPD was outbid within the surplus gear public sale, in response to Ashley Miller, deputy communications supervisor for OCPD.
“With the present legislature, we are going to proceed to watch the pending laws,” in response to a press release from Miller. “As soon as the proposed laws is signed into legislation, we are going to alter any plans accordingly.”
Ocean Metropolis is now reviewing its choices, Miller stated. If the company finds a “appropriate” substitute for its present automobile, the division will convey it to the mayor and city council.
Police makes use of for armored autos
Worcester County Sheriff Matthew Crisafulli included the acquisition of an armored automobile in his departmental funds proposal to the Worcester County Commissioners final month.
Although the automobile prices $326,000, Crisafulli stated the Worcester County company would pay $163,000 because of a FEMA grant.
Worcester County Sheriff’s Workplace needs to purchase an armored automobile to make sure the security of the general public throughout pure disasters and doubtlessly violent encounters corresponding to mass shootings or standoffs, Crisafulli stated.
“We’re in a area the place we see plenty of flooding, and we’re prone to doubtlessly hurricanes like we noticed in 2012 with Hurricane Sandy,” Crisafulli stated. “When you’ve flooding, this automobile can just about go in any terrain.”
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The armored personnel provider may help Worcester County throughout standoffs or barricade conditions due to its gear, Crisafulli stated. The automobile may additionally assist rescue people from flooded areas, and deter crime throughout occasions such because the pop-up car rally H2Oi in Ocean Metropolis.
“This doesn’t change our strategy to community-based policing,” Crisafulli stated. “This can be a instrument that may save lives from violent individuals, and it is a instrument that may save lives, from pure disasters.”
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Worcester County sees a number of incidents every year when an armored automobile might be helpful, Crisafulli stated.
Like Ocean Metropolis, Worcester County is monitoring the laws within the Maryland Basic Meeting, Crisafulli stated. If the invoice is signed into legislation, the Sheriff’s Workplace will “alter accordingly.”
“We’re simply going to have to attend and see what occurs with with the legislative session,” Crisafulli stated.