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Program Description

  Field Services

The Field Services Bureau (FSB) is responsible for providing specialized services in several key service delivery functions, necessary for safely and effectively executing both routine and complex field operations. The FSB consists of the following divisions: the Special Operations Division, the Traffic Division, the Public Information Office, the Animal Services Division, the Security Services Division, and the Crisis Response and Support Division.

The Special Operations Division consists of the Special Weapons and Tactical Team (SWAT), Canine Unit, the Special Events Response Team (SERT), the Emergency Services Unit (ESU), and the Managed Search Operations Team (MSOT).

The Traffic Division focuses on enforcement of traffic laws, investigation of serious traffic collisions, and providing safety education for students and the general public. This division consists of the Automated Traffic Enforcement Section, the School Safety Section, and Special Traffic Operations Section, which includes four specialized units: Alcohol Initiatives Unit (AIU), Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU), Commercial Vehicle Unit, and the Chemical Test for Alcohol Unit.

The Department's Public Information Office provides information to the public on matters of interest and safety through timely and accurate reports using traditional media routes and the latest social media trends.

The Animal Services Division is charged with responding to citizen complaints regarding animals that may endanger the public or cause public nuisances, and animals in need of protection. The Division also operates the Animal Services and Adoption Center facility, which provides housing and care to animals in need, and an adoption program that seeks to place those animals with appropriate caregivers.

The Security Services Division provides security staffing at various County facilities to prevent or mitigate disorder and/or disruption. The Division is also responsible for providing executive protection duties for the County Executive.

The Crisis Response and Support Division is responsible for coordinating the duties of the various support teams, programs, and organizations that provide specialized support to the Department and/or the community during times of crisis or special needs.

Program Contacts

Contact Neil Shorb of the Department of Police at 240.773.5237 or Trevor Lobaugh of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2763 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY18Actual FY19Estimated FY20Target FY21Target FY22
Managed Search Operations Team (MSOT) responses to missing-at-risk calls4107821,0001,2001,200
Twitter followers for Montgomery County PoliceN/A81,73289,90698,897108,787
Average Citations per Automated Speed and Red Light Cameras 13,7453,3423,334
Number of traffic collisions in Montgomery County21,70622,23121,89821,57021,246
1  The targets are not true targets (i.e., requirements or quotas). Rather, they are the projected averages based on an increase of 50 speed cameras and 25 red light cameras over the next two years. Any change in the number of cameras deployed will affect the targets.

Program Budget Changes

FY21 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY20 Approved46452415292.20
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-7651787-74.20
FY21 Recommended38800628218.00