By BRENDAN KIRBY
After a Hagerstown City Police officer makes an arrest, he returns to the police station to write a report.
The same is true when officers respond to traffic accidents or take information from a crime, or do anything that requires a written record.
The process is time-consuming, and Chief Dale J. Jones hopes it soon will be a thing of the past.
The federal Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has awarded Hagerstown a $265,352 grant to help pay for a new reporting system that will enable officers to file reports by using computers in their squad cars.
Jones said the system will work in conjunction with a new computer system the mayor and City Council approved for purchase earlier this year. It replaces an obsolete computer system, he said.