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Legislation to Boost Ranks of Natural Resources Police

 

            State Senator Rich Colburn wants to double the number of Natural Resources Police patrolling Maryland’s waterways.

            The Eastern Shore Republican told the Salisbury Daily Times…that there are not enough police officers to enforce the laws.

            While the state Department of Management and Budget calls the proposal well intended, it says, any such increase in staffing would impact other parts of the state budget.

            Colburn says that DNR would only get the additional personnel if the money was available.

            The measure would increase the number of cadets on its roster beginning two years from now and require DNR to submit an annual report through 2022 on its progress in reaching the goal of 435 officers.   

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.