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[HISTORY: Adopted by the County Commissioners of Caroline County as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 2-10-2015 by Bill No. 2015-1]
WHEREAS, the County Commissioners of Caroline County (the "County Commissioners") are authorized by Maryland law, through the Criminal Procedure Article, §§ 2-102 and 2-105, of the Annotated Code of Maryland, to provide for the use of interagency police services in the form of a Regional Law Enforcement Compact, which may also be referred to as a "Mutual Aid Agreement"; and
WHEREAS, any Mutual Aid Agreement authorized by the County Commissioners requires action in the regular routine for legislative enactment; and
WHEREAS, the County Commissioners may determine the circumstances under which the Sheriff's police officers and other officers, agents, and employees of the County, together with all necessary equipment, may lawfully go or be sent beyond the boundaries of the County to any place within or outside the state; and
WHEREAS, the acts done by the Sheriff or other officers, agents, or employees of the County under the authority of the Mutual Aid Agreement, and the expenditures made by the County, are considered to be for a public and governmental purpose;
WHEREAS, the County, acting through its Sheriff's officers or other officers, agents, or employees for a public or governmental purpose beyond its boundaries under a Mutual Aid Agreement, or other lawful authority, has the same immunities from liability that the County has when acting through its Sheriff's officers or other officers, agents, or employees for a public or governmental purpose within its boundaries; and
WHEREAS, the parties to the Mutual Aid Agreement herein authorized shall have the same immunity from liability described in § 5-612 of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as those persons have while performing their duties within the boundaries of the County or town; and
WHEREAS, the Sheriff's officers and other officers, agents, and employees coming from the County or from one town to another under the Mutual Aid Agreement herein authorized, may enforce the laws to the same extent as authorized law enforcement officers of Caroline County or the town;
WHEREAS, the parties to the Mutual Aid Agreement waive any and all claims that are against the other parties to the Agreement and that may arise out of their activities outside their respective jurisdictions under the agreement; and
WHEREAS, to extent permitted by law, the parties to the Mutual Aid Agreement indemnify and hold harmless the other parties to the agreement from all claims by third parties for property damage or personal injury and that may arise out of the activities of the other parties to the Agreement outside their respective jurisdictions under the Agreement; and
WHEREAS, the parties to the Mutual Aid Agreement have authorized said Agreement in full compliance with state law requiring action in the regular routine for legislative enactment; and
WHEREAS, the County Commissioners have determined that it is in the best interests of Caroline County and its citizens to add Chapter 21, Law Enforcement, to the Code of Public Local Laws of Caroline County, Maryland authorizing a Regional Law Enforcement Compact, otherwise known as the "Mutual Aid Agreement."
NOW, THEREFORE, be it enacted by the County Commissioners of Caroline County, Maryland, that:
The Regional Law Enforcement Compact Among and Between the Town of Denton, the Town of Ridgely, the Town of Federalsburg, the Town of Greensboro, the Town of Preston, and the Caroline County Sheriff's Office of Caroline County, Maryland is attached hereto,[1] incorporated herein, and is hereby adopted as presented and as may be modified time to time pursuant to the Annual Review required by Paragraph 13 of the Agreement.
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Editor's Note: The Regional Law Enforcement Compact is on file in the County offices.
The provisions of this article are declared to be severable. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or portion of this article is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, the same shall be deemed separate, distinct, and independent from, and such holding shall not affect the validity of, the remaining portions of this article, it being the intent of the County that this article shall stand, notwithstanding the invalidity of any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or portion hereof.