State Police forces in both Maryland and Virginia each spent roughly $100,000 protecting the states' governors on out-of-state trips this year.
The Maryland State Police's Executive Protection Unit spent $98,460 on hotels, meals, rental cars, travel expenses and overtime pay while accompanying Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on 26 out-of-state trips between January and mid-September, the Maryland State Police reported in information shared with The Washington Examiner.
The agency, which protects the governor around the clock, would not provide the specifics regarding how many state troopers accompanied the governor on specific trips, nor could they offer a list of the trips taken. O'Malley stopped in 19 states during the eight-and-a-half-month span, according to The Baltimore Sun, which first reported the cost of the police protection.