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Sheriff moves to step up attack on domestic violence, drug abuse; Tregoning requesting more assistance for state's attorney's units

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Carroll Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning, in office for less than a month, continues to fulfill campaign promises to streamline operations and step up the battle against domestic violence and drug abuse in the county.

During his campaign, Tregoning vowed to enhance cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, planning to reallocate his resources where feasible.

Last week, he revealed plans to make a budget request for one or two additional deputies, assigning them full time to the state's attorney's domestic violence unit and the Child Abuse Sexual Assault (CASA) unit.

Last month, the sheriff committed a deputy and a police dog unit for full-time work with the state police drug task force.

Five investigators assigned to the CASA unit handle about 350 cases annually. An extra investigator would lighten the load, as it would at the state's attorney's domestic violence unit, where special investigator Gary Cofflin monitors about 40 active cases.

Tregoning recently reassigned Deputy Dennis Strine, a correctional officer, to help monitor a growing number of defendants placed in the pretrial services program by the courts.

Strine will serve as a case manager, assisting Diane Jackson, coordinator of pretrial services.

They will monitor 45 people in the program. Each defendant is awaiting trial on nonviolent criminal charges.

Case managers monitor individuals deemed suitable for pretrial release by the court. County taxpayers are spared the cost -- about $50 per day -- of incarcerating those in the program, said Lt. Mark L. Peregoy, a jail spokesman.

Pub Date: 1/06/99

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