Sheriff's Office and College Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Release Date: 5/20/2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College
Colonel Phil Kasten
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Carroll Community College Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Campus Safety and Security
Westminster, Md., —The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Carroll Community College today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing policies and responsibilities for ongoing and cooperative public safety efforts between the college and the Sheriff’s Office.
College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo and Carroll County Sheriff Ken Tregoning said they are extremely pleased with the collaboration between the Sheriff’s office and the college, and are committed to the relationship between the campus and local law enforcement.
The MOU says that the College Office of Public Safety and Security will have jurisdiction for handling events occurring on the campus to include minor property crimes such as burglary and theft, as well as crimes such as alcohol violations and disorderly conduct. According to the MOU, the Sheriff’s Office will continue to have primary responsibility for crimes of violence, reports of missing persons and all controlled dangerous substance violations.
Last week, the Board of Trustees of Carroll Community College voted to approve the arming of certain safety personnel known as campus Special Police Officers, as designated by the Maryland Department of State Police. This recommendation was made after the college conducted an internal review and held discussions with the Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police. Both of these groups recommended that the college arm its Special Police Officers. This action prompted the signing of an MOU to formally establish roles and responsibilities for seamless and integrated services between the college and local law enforcement.
The MOU was created to recognize that cooperative and effective interaction is imperative to the successful accomplishment of the joint mission to protect the safety of the staff, students and visitors of Carroll Community College. Although the MOU lists specific functions and responsibilities of both parties, the agreement indicates that at times decisions about jurisdiction may be handled on a case by case basis as needed.
Carroll Community College recently hired Chief of Security and Safety Wayne Livesay, former Howard County Chief of Police for nine years and a 34-year veteran of the force. The majority of the campus Special Police Officers are retired with 20 or more years of law enforcement experience with carrying a firearm. Campus Special Police Officers have been and will continue to train with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, which includes firearms training.
“It is our belief that having armed Special Police Officers will better protect the college community and our officers during critical situations on campus,” said Executive Vice President of Administration Alan Schuman. “We are pleased with the Memorandum of Understanding signed today between the college and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.”