State Law Enforcement Staffing

Law Enforcement Staffing Issues in Maryland

For several years, the State has asked its state law enforcement officers to do more with less. While this philosophy can improve efficiency when reasonably implemented, our members have been cut to the point that our staffing levels are unsafe. For example:

  • The Maryland Capitol Police had approx. 120 sworn officers at its peak. It now has declined to 63 sworn officers (47% decrease.)
  • The Natural Resources Police had approx. 480 sworn officers at its peak. It now has declined to 221 sworn officers (54% decrease.)
  • Since the 1990s, the authorized sworn strength of the Maryland State Police has declined by over 200 Troopers.
    • The funding of Maryland State Police Academies must be a priority

SLEOLA is committed to ensuring that our members have the technology, vehicles, facilities and manpower needed to fulfill their missions and keep Maryland safe.





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