All eight major categories of crime declined in Washington County in 1998 but no one, from the state's lieutenant governor to local law enforcement officials, is resting easy.
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The overall drop in Washington County was 6.4 percent, according to the Maryland Uniform Crime Report released Wednesday.
"We're all trying to put more officers on the streets," said Washington County Sheriff Charles F. Mades. "They are already doing a good job and working hard."
Hagerstown Police Chief Dale Jones said hard work has been the key to his department's results.
"We made 35 percent more arrests in 1998 over the year before and that's making a difference," Jones said.
Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend touted the statewide drop of 5 percent in violent crime, giving some of the credit to the HotSpot program in which Hagerstown is active.
"Our biggest problems in the city continue to be the high demand for drugs and out-of-state drug dealers," Jones said.