[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Worcester County 11-15-2005 by Bill No. 05-12. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purposes of this Subtitle, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
- MUTUAL AID AGREEMENT
- Any law enforcement, fire, rescue, deputizing or other public safety agreement providing for mutual assistance entered into by the County Commissioners of Worcester County, Maryland pursuant to authority contained in public general or public local law, including without limitation mutual aid agreements entered into pursuant to § 2-105 (Mutual Aid Agreements) of the Criminal Procedure Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as from time to time amended.
- PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS
- Any law enforcement officer, fireman, ambulance or rescue crew member, fire marshal, police officer or any other county officer, agent or employee charged with the responsibility of any law enforcement, safety, or rescue function.
The County Commissioners have determined that mutual aid agreements are beneficial to law enforcement and public safety activities conducted by the Sheriff of Worcester County and other public safety officers pursuant to Section 2-105 (Mutual Aid Agreements) of the Criminal Procedure Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as from time to time amended, and are desirous of legislatively establishing a procedure whereby mutual aid agreements may be approved and executed.
Any mutual aid agreement entered into by the County Commissioners shall be approved by formal resolution of the County Commissioners duly passed at a meeting in accordance with the County Commissioners' regular routine procedures for administering the Code of Public Local Laws of Worcester County, Maryland. Individual public local laws shall not be required for each mutual aid agreement, which shall be deemed authorized by this section, if approved by resolution as herein required.
Any resolution approving a mutual aid agreement for law enforcement activities of the Sheriff's Office or any police agency shall contain a requirement that such mutual aid agreement be approved by the Sheriff of Worcester County prior to its execution by the County Commissioners. Any resolution adopted pursuant hereto may also require the approval of a third party having authority in the area included in the resolution prior to execution by the County Commissioners.
Mutual aid agreements approved by resolution in accordance with the procedures set forth in this Subtitle shall be signed by the President or Vice President of the County Commissioners and shall be attested to by the Chief Administrative Officer.