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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.

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Program Contacts

Contact Neil Shorb of the Department of Police at 240.773.5237 or Richard H. Harris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2795 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target FY21
Number of traffic collisions in Montgomery County23,40021,66621,34121,02120,706
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Program Budget Changes

FY20 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved44260371285.20
Increase Cost: Annualization of School Safety Program Contractors676630.00
Technical Adj: FTE Adjustment0-1.00
Decrease Cost: Align Contract Security Cost in the Council Office Building to Staffed Hours-484960.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.19741794.00
FY20 Recommended46253717288.20