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Maryland Halts Take-Home Police Car Program

May 23, 2007

BALTIMORE – Maryland Transportation Secretary John Porcari said that he plans to halt an agreement under which the Ehrlich administration promised take-home police vehicles for each of the 448 uniformed members of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, according to the Baltimore Sun. Porcari said he had only recently learned about the agreement, which calls for the state to provide cars to the officers in exchange for their union’s dropping its efforts to achieve collective bargaining rights.

“As of today, we are not going forward with this program,” Porcari said, as quoted in the Baltimore Sun. “The total program was estimated at $11 million. This is big money.”Under the agreement, the force would have increased its fleet of 148 vehicles by 300, 25 of which have already been delivered. The authority police are responsible for law enforcement at state transportation facilities.

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