- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

MOUNT AIRY, Md. (AP) - Mount Airy’s Town Council will draft an ordinance to end the Maryland State Police Resident Trooper Program in favor of creating its own police force.

The council decided on Monday to start working toward establishing its own police force. Mayor Patrick Rockinberg tells The Carroll County Times (https://bit.ly/1QFHI0N ) that the town will start developing a budget to pay for the force.

The Resident Trooper Program has a high turnover rate for troopers stationed in Mount Airy. A study released in November found that a town police force would be more cost effective in the long term.

“Let’s move forward,” Rockinberg said.

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Information from: Carroll County Times , https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/

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