Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he will ask the General Assembly to put an additional $8.2 million in next year’s budget to let the Maryland State Police hire 100 additional troopers and reopen the long-closed barrack in Annapolis.
Hogan, speaking at the swearing-in of Col. William M. Pallozzi as superintendent of the Maryland State Police, said $6.8 million of the added funds in the $40.7 billion budget would let the agency recruit, train and equip two classes of new troopers. Under the plan, the number of troopers would grow from 1,556 to 1,656 – the most in more than a dozen years, according to the administration.
Another $1.4 would go toward reopening the Annapolis Barrack J, closed by Gov. Martin O’Malley as a cost-cutting move in 2008.That building, at Taylor Avenue and Rowe Boulevard, is now occupied by the Annapolis Public Works Department.
Doug Mayer, a Hogan spokesman, said the administration is in discussions with Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides about the police plans to reoccupy the site.
Mayer said the new police spending would come out of the budget surplus, which Hogan originally proposed at $20 million but which the Senate increased to $47 million. The spokesman said the state police funds would be part of a larger supplemental budget package the governor will send to the General Assembly next week.