DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: TRANSFER WATERSHED POLICE FUNCTION

2-D
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS:
TRANSFER WATERSHED POLICE FUNCTION
Problem Identification:
The Watershed Police is currently located within the Safety Division of the Bureau of Transportation. This unit is charged with responsibility to provide security for Baltimore City watersheds located outside of city limits and not transportation related issues.

Recommended Action:
Transfer the watershed police function from the Bureau of Transportation to the Bureau of Water and Wastewater.

Classification:
Organizational

Functional/Operational Area:
Bureaus of Transportation and Water and Wastewater

Estimated Annual Impact:
Cannot be Estimated

Estimated Implementation Costs:
None

Barriers to Implementation:
None

Projected Implementation:
90 days

Next Steps:
The administrative staff of the Bureau of Water and Wastewater should meet with the supervisor of the Watershed Police to discuss program needs and management. Budget and personnel responsibilities should be shifted to Bureau of Water and Wastewater.

Analysis:
This change will not materially effect finances or operations, but merely places an enforcement functional unit within the bureau that is responsible for Baltimore’s watersheds. As was noted in the previous recommendation, strong consideration should be given to applying managed competition principles for the provision of this service (see Recommendation 7-D).