According to a press release from MSP Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford will join Maryland State Police Superintendent Woodrow W. Jones III, Maryland Department of General Services Secretary Ellington Churchill, and other elected officials along with current members of the Maryland State Police, for the official opening of the new Cumberland Barrack. The new facility is built on the site of the previous barrack that had served the citizens of Allegany County for 62 years.
The new barrack has a footprint unlike any other in the 100-year history of the Maryland State Police. It incorporates best practices in public safety design and resolves many deficiencies of the old barrack. In addition to daily patrol and investigations, the new barrack is equipped with facilities to address all vital services needed to maintain and support patrol operations. The Forensic Science Division now has the capabilities to perform diagnostics and analysis of evidence locally. There is an expanded administrative area for investigations and interviews along with a polygraph facility. There is a much larger workspace for the Office of the State Fire Marshal. There are expanded capabilities for the maintenance of patrol vehicles and a workshop for Electronic Services Division personnel to repair and maintain mobile and portable radios. There is also an indoor kennel for K-9 partners.
The event is open to the public and, in addition to remarks, will include a time capsule and cornerstone placement, a rededication of memorials and tours of the new facility. Many current and former Maryland State Police troopers and civilian employees are expected to attend. It is fitting to open this new state-of-the-art facility during the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Maryland State Police. There ceremony begins at 1:30pm this afternoon.