Academic and Administrative Complex
All adminstrative and most academic and support components of the Public Safety Education and Training Center made use of surplus buildings transferred from Springfield Hospital Center. The renovation of two buildings within the Warfield Complex of the Hospital hastened the availability of these much needed resources, as well as reduced the cost of construction. In addition to being beautiful, the buildings have historical and architectural significance. The Public Safety Education and Training Center preserves these important locations.
As part of the Public Safety Education and Training Center development project, historical research, deliniation and excavation were conducted on several sites within the development area. Identified were both prehistoric and historically significant areas representing the cultural and economic development of Carroll County. In addition to supporting significant archeological analysis, all areas have been fully searched pending their further study.
Preserving Historical Landmarks
Academic and administrative components for the Center have been derived from the renovation of two historic structures within the Warfield Complex of Springfield Hospital Center. These early twentieth century structures have been converted for modern use in an historically appropriate manner under the guiding hand of the Maryland Historical Trust.
In addition to preserving historical landmarks, the Public Safety Education and Training Center also helps preserve our natural environment.
The Center provides protection of important non-tidal wetland and forest resources. Additional forestation has occurred in two areas of the site. Special emphasis has been placed on the protection of Piney Run and all its tributaries, an important Maryland trout stream. Advanced methods of sound attenuation and lead abatement are being explored and additional removal of asbestos in the historic buildings is projected.
Ultimate establishment of a Natural Resources Environmental Training Area will protect a large adjacent area from future development. By protecting the environment, the Public Safety Training Center will help keep Carroll County beautiful and clean, while it also improves the local infrastructure.
Improving Local Infrastructure
The Public Safety Education and Training Center provides over one-half mile of county public water and sewage improvements at state expense. Valued at over $300,000, these improvements are supplemented by moderate roadway improvements, and continuing maintenance of adjacent areas. An easement has been provided for a much needed bypass lane on Raincliffe Road at Freedom Park.
The development team has worked closely with Carroll County officials and has already aided the county with the location of a county public service and emergency medical radio tower, critically needed for this area. The development may also provide important supplemental subsurface water resources (production water wells) to support the county's current needs.
In addition to helping save money for Carroll County, the Center will also reduce state and local expenditures throughout Maryland.
By establishing a driver training facility, the Police and Correctional Training Commissions (PCTC) helps minimize law enforcement motor vehicle accidents, and reduce the resulting cost in lives, personal injuries, lost productivity and monetary expenditure. The magnitude of the current problem and prospect for improvement has been summarized by PCTC staff as follows:
Insurance claims resulting from Maryland State Police (MSP) collisions alone have averaged $500,000 per annum. As MSP represents less than 10% of all law enforcement in Maryland, the total loss for all agencies may exceed $5,000,000 per year.
Workmen's Compensation Payments by MSP approached $1,000,000 in FY 1993, of which 12% was motor vehicle accident related. As such, the statewide annual scale of Workmen's Compensation expenditure is $1,250,000.
High claim civil actions have resulted from law enforcement motor vehicle actions in the State of Maryland. Settled or pending claims have involved the Maryland State Police, Montgomery County Police, Baltimore County Police and Prince George's County Police. Nationally, the trend has been toward higher claims and payoffs, with pending claims in Montgomery County of $9,000,000, Arlington, Virginia of $4,000,000 and Omaha, Nebraska of $10,000,000. Noteworthy is a 1986 decision (Skipper vs. Prince George's County) in which claims of negligent driver training were held actionable by the court. As such, liability may extend to the State through its law enforcement training regulatory function.
In Maryland, for three calendar years, 1990-1992, police involved in motor vehicle accidents were responsible for 17 fatalities, an average of almost six per year. On a national basis, an average of 292 people have been killed each year since 1980, in emergency responses alone.
In Maryland, for the three calendar years, 1990-1992, police involved in motor vehicle accidents accounted for 1597 personal injuries, an average of over 500 per year.
In this state, damage to vehicles for the period of 1990-1992 has occurred at an annual rate exceeding 1000. In 1992, the Maryland State Police, alone, reported 261 accidents, resulting in $182,963.92 damage to fleet vehicles.
In a similar way, other elements of the Training Center will ultimately reduce state expenditures. Indeed, through the elimination of redundant local expenditures limited public revenues will be protected at all levels.
In this, and many other ways, planning for the Center has been extensive and has been conducted over several years.
Public Safety Officer Training
Driver and Firearms Training