By STEVEN T. DENNIS
Six Hagerstown police officers called in sick for work Friday afternoon in what Chief Dale Jones called a "blue flu."
The reported action comes one day after a dozen officers said they would no longer serve as field training officers, Jones said. Field training officers are police who, in addition to their regular duties, help train new recruits on the job, Jones said.
The officers are working under a contract that expired June 30, he said.
Jones said some officers were kept on duty Friday past the time they would normally go home to make up some of the lost manpower.
Capt. Robert Hart said supervisors also had been called in to fill out the shift.
Nine officers, not including supervisors, were scheduled for the shift.
Union officials said they had not called for a sickout.
"I'm the president of the union, and I'm sitting here," said Detective Carroll Braun, president of Local 3373.