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which titles are sought, meet the equipment
standards promulgated by the Motor Vehi-
cle Administration (Code 1957, 1970 Repl-Vol.,
1975 Supp., Art. 661/2, sees. 13-102).
Reports of motor vehicle accidents inves-
tigated by any law enforcement officer in
the State must be forwarded to the State
Police. The Agency is charged with the re-
sponsibility of analyzing and preparing its
statistical tables and charts based on these
The Truck Weight Enforcement Division
of the State Police, by contract and/or
agreement with the State Department of
Transportation, enforces the provisions of
the Motor Vehicle Code pertaining to size,
weight, and load of vehicles (Code 1957,
1970 Repl. Vol., 1975 Supp., Art 661/2,
sees. 14-101, 14-112); laws governing reg-
istration of aircraft and pilots (Code 1957,
1968 Repl. Vol., Art. 1A, sees. 22-23); and
laws governing motor fuel tax (Code 1957,
1972 Repl. Vol., Art. 56, sees. 135-157)
and fraud resulting from the sale of motor
fuels and lubricants (Code 1957, 1976
Repl. Vol., Art. 27, sees. 231-233).
Chapter 452, Acts of 1968 provided for
the administration of the State Aid for
Police Protection Fund by the Superin-
tendent of the State Police (Code 1957,
1976 Repl. Vol., Art. 15A, sees. 35-39).
The Aviation Division provides helicopter
service throughout Maryland 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week to effect the evacuation
of seriously injured highway and other vic-
tims requiring immediate transport to medi-
cal assistance. Other missions include search
and rescue, criminal investigation support,
traffic control, and support in disasters and
civil disturbances.
The Tactical Emergency Unit is respon-
sible for providing logistical support to
Agency personnel and other law enforce-
ment and emergency assistance organiza-
tions during times of civil disturbances,
plane crashes, natural disasters, and similar
circumstances requiring special-purpose
equipment and trained specialists. The Unit
maintains a fleet of special-purpose trans-
port and tactical vehicles capable of oper-
ating under adverse conditions which may

be dispatched anywhere in the State when
The State Police maintains trained K-9
teams throughout the State. The primary
purpose of the trooper/K-9 teams is crime
prevention and detection. All teams are
trained in basic police procedures, and a
number have received special training in the
detection of explosive substances, narcotics
and firearms. Bloodhounds are currently
being obtained and trained.
The State Police maintains radio, teletype,
and other forms of communication between
its own installations and those of other law
enforcement agencies within the State, and
participates in a national teletype system.
The Electronic Services Division maintains
communication equipment for State Police
and allied State, Federal, and local agencies.
The Division maintains electronic devices,
including VASCAR and RADAR for the
State Police, and assists other agencies when
equipment is of similar design.
The State Police operates a Police Acad-
emy for the training of its personnel. These
facilities are available to all other law en-
forcement agencies throughout the State.
The Executive Protection Division pro-
vides security for the Governor, Lieutenant
Governor, Attorney General, and Comp-
troller as required. To protect the safety of
the legislative process, personnel are as-
signed when required.
The Intelligence Division is responsible
for gathering information pertaining to or-
ganized crime, investigating violations of
narcotics and dangerous drug laws, as well
as gambling, bookmaking, and other crimes
of vice.
The State Police Local Division provides
police services as a result of a contractual
agreement for a trooper (s) between the
Superintendent, Maryland State Police, and
the governing body of any county and/or
Baltimore City. As a result of the entered
into agreement (s), the State Police will act
and take over all or a portion of a local
police force for the county and/or munici-
pality (Code 1957, 1969 Repl. Vol., 1975
Supp., Art. 88B, sec. 63).

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