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Town considering own police force

April 05, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

karenh@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - The Town of Boonsboro soon may have its own police force again.

Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman said at Monday's Town Council meeting that the town is considering starting its own police force July 1.

In response to a resident's question, Kauffman said the police force would be housed at the Community Center, where Boonsboro Town Council met Monday night.

"We want to start with two police officers like we have now," Kauffman said, "but we want to start looking for a third police officer" as soon as possible.

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The Washington County Sheriff's Department currently provides the community with law enforcement services.

Boonsboro last had its own force in the early 1980s, Kauffman said.

Kauffman said both the Sheriff's Department and Maryland State Police have supported the plan and offered to provided backup services. Kauffman said reinstituting a police force would give the town greater flexibility in scheduling and would give officers more visibility in the community.

Council member Howard Long, who serves on the Police and Streets Commission, said members all seem to approve of the idea of a police force.

"They all seemed to think we were headed in the right direction to get better coverage," Long said.

Kauffman said the town will benefit from having more say in how its protective services are deployed.

"We've always got to look at ways we can better serve the public. I think this is one of things," Kauffman said.

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