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Maryland Manual, 1979-80
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Legislation in 1965 gave the State Police re-
sponsibility for licensing qualified garages and
other facilities ' to make inspections and
corrections of equipment and mechanisms and to
certify that used motor vehicles, for which titles
are sought, meet the equipment standards pro-
mulgated by the Motor Vehicle Administration
(Code Transportation Article, sees. 13-102, 103).
Reports of motor vehicle accidents investigated by
any law enforcement officer in the State must be
forwarded to the State Police. The Agency is charged
with the responsibility of analyzing and preparing its
statistical tables and charts based on these reports.
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 pertain-
ing to size, weight, and load of vehicles (Code
Transportation Article, sees. 24-101, 24-112);
laws governing registration of aircraft and pilots
(Code 1957, Art. IA, sees. 22-23); and laws
governing motor fuel tax (Code 1957, Art. 56,
sees. 135-157) and fraud resulting from the sale of
motor fuels and lubricants (Code 1957, Art. 27,
sees. 231-233).
Chapter 452, Acts of 1968, provided for the
administration of the State Aid for Police Protec-
tion Fund by the Superintendent of the State Po-
lice (Code 1957, Art. 15A, sees. 35-39).
The Aviation Division provides helicopter ser-
vice throughout Maryland twenty-four hours a
day, seven days a week, to effect the evacuation
of seriously injured highway and other victims re-
quiring immediate transport to medical assis-
tance. Other missions include search and rescue,
criminal investigation support, traffic control, and
support in disasters and civil disturbances.
The Tactical Emergency Unit is responsible for
providing logistical support to Agency personnel
and other law enforcement and emergency assis-
tance organizations 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 transport and
tactical vehicles capable of operating under ad-
verse conditions, which may be dispatched any-
where in the State when needed.
The State Police maintains trained K.-9 teams
throughout the State. The primary purpose of the
trooper/K-9 teams is crime prevention and detec-
tion. 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 current-
ly 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 na-
tional 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 Academy for
the training of its personnel. These facilities are
available to all other law enforcement agencies
throughout the State.
"The Executive Protection Division provides se-
curity for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor,
Attorney General, and Comptroller as required.
To protect the safety of the legislative process,
personnel are assigned when required.
The Intelligence Division is responsible for gath-
ering information pertaining to organized crime, in-
vestigating 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 municipality (Code 1957, Art. 88B,
sec. 63).
The Agency carries on its field operations
through barracks, posts, and detachments, locat-
ed throughout the State as follows:
Baltimore Metropolitan Troop
Annapolis Barrack, headquarters
Glen Burnie Barrack
Randallstown Barrack
Valley Barrack
Washington Metropolitan Troop
College Park Barrack, headquarters
Forestville Barrack
Rockville Barrack

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