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Pugh says she won't charge Baltimore taxpayers for security detail while out of state

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says she won't take taxpayer-funded police officers with her when she travels out of state on city business or vacation.

"The mayor does not travel across the country and around the country with executive protection," spokesman Anthony McCarthy said. "When the mayor travels to other cities, those cities are alerted to her presence and there is protection that is given."

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Pugh traveled to Los Angeles last week as part of a panel discussion with the National Basketball Association on public health issues.

Her new policy breaks with the practice of previous mayors.

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The city paid $1,800 for security officers to accompany Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on a trip to Martha's Vineyard last year.

As President Donald Trump tries to strip federal funding from so-called "sanctuary cities," Mayor Catherine Pugh denied Wednesday that Baltimore is among those targeted.

Security also accompanied Rawlings-Blake on a 2012 family vacation to San Diego, Calif. The Board of Estimates paid $2,000 to reimburse the Police Department for her security detail on that trip.

Former mayors Sheila Dixon and Martin O'Malley also had police officers accompany them on family vacations. The city paid $4,500 in 2009 for officers to accompany Dixon on a summer vacation to Miami.

The Police Department's intelligence section recommends how much security is needed, but officials say it's up to the mayor to accept or decline executive protection.

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