Under Hagerstown's zero tolerance policing policy officers will more aggressively enforce existing city laws, which will mean fewer police warnings and more arrests and criminal citations, City interim-Police Chief Robert Hart told the Mayor and City Council Tuesday.
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For example, police will issue criminal citations to people who violate misdemeanor criminal laws including possession of fireworks, harassment, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, trespassing and minors in possession of alcohol, according to a memorandum from Hart outlining the zero tolerance policy.
Overall, the two-page outline of the zero tolerance policy calls for a continuation of city police department policies, including undercover operations aimed at prostitution and illegal drug markets.
"There is nothing here that we haven't had for years," Hart said. "It will be more intensive. ... The warnings will be diminished."