The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is considering a location across Route 26 from the Carrolltown Center for its new South Carroll satellite office.
Col. Phil Kasten, speaking at Commissioner Doug Howard’s town hall event Sept. 16, said the Sheriff’s Office has looked at a couple of sites, but is now in the “final stages” of securing a 2,500 square foot location across from the Carrolltown Center.
The corner location eyed by the Sheriff's Office used to be a gym, but Kasten said a lease has not yet been signed.
The Board of County Commissioners allocated $60,000 in its fiscal year 2014 budget to fund the Sheriff’s Office move from a 1,000 square foot location behind the Eldersburg Library.
Kasten said the new location will help the Sheriff’s Office expand its services while increasing its accessibility and visibility in the South Carroll area.
“It’s going to increase our efficiency, save us some gas, and increase our presence,” he said.
Kasten said the new location will allow the Sheriff’s Office to locate key resources along Route 26 and cut travel time for deputies who lose about 30 minutes each way when they must report back to Westminster for interrogations or interviews of suspects, processing evidence, and other services.
While the satellite office will not be staffed 24/7, a call box will be available at the location providing a direct connection to the communications center.
Kasten said the Sheriff’s Office is optimistic that the new location will be open by Jan.1.
The Maryland State Police, which shares the current location behind the library with the Sheriff’s Office, is also expected to move into the new facility, according to Kasten.
South Carroll is the most populated, unincorporated area in the county with about 34,000 residents, Kasten said.
“The Freedom area has the needs of a growing town, that includes a working law enforcement agency,” he said. “The Sheriff’s Office is here to fill that need for you and we’re committed to doing that.”