By BRENDAN KIRBY
Here's a scenario that could come straight from a television police drama:
The police arrest a suspect on a minor charge, fingerprint him and release him. Months later, officers receive word that the man they arrested lied about his identity. His fingerprints indicate that the suspect is wanted for a serious offense in another state.
It's not just the stuff of sweeps week. Hagerstown Police Chief Dale Jones says it has happened in the past.
"We've literally released homicide suspects from other jurisdictions," he told Hagerstown's mayor and City Council Tuesday as they toured police headquarters.
A more modern computer system would eliminate that problem by allowing Hagerstown officers to network with federal law enforcement computers, Jones said. He said this would give arresting officers immediate access to such information.