Good news!! Following the Board of Public Works Virtual Meeting that was held on September 2, 2020, the proposed cuts to the Maryland State Police Aviation Division are no longer being considered. After a meeting in July of 2020, the Maryland State Board of Public Works considered multiple significant and vital budget cuts to the Maryland State Police Aviation Division due to the State’s revenue decline and shortfall from COVID-19. In those budget cuts were Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 4, which provides critical emergency service to Worcester County, Somerset County and Wicomico, along with the Berlin and Ocean City area, or to Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 6, which provides services to the Easton, Caroline and Queen Anne’s County area, and also provides mutual aid to St. Mary’s, Calvert, and Charles Counties when Trooper 2 (Prince George’s County), and Trooper 7 (St. Mary’s County) are unavailable. The cuts to this vital emergency service provided by Maryland State Police would have only saved the state $1.3 million. The cost from the maintenance and overtime associated with closing one of the Aviation Hangars, and selling one of the helicopters and one unused aircraft and the estimated $490,000 in fuel and maintenance […]
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