Police desk said sometimes vacant
Although the mayor and City Council have said an officer should be on duty at all times at the Hagerstown City Police Department lobby, the desk can be found vacant, city officials said Tuesday.
Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said he has stopped by several times at night and found no one on duty in the lobby. He said he has had to pick up the phone near the entrance to call someone inside.
The city paid to have a bulletproof shield placed in front of the lobby desk so the sergeant on duty could sit there at night, Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said.