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3 county towns to share federal grants for police

September 14, 2000

3 county towns to share federal grants for police



Hagerstown, Clear Spring and Hancock will share federal grants worth more than $137,000 to increase police protection in those communities.

The grants were announced Thursday by Maryland's two Democratic U.S. Senators Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski.

The money will come from the federal COPS MORE program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice. COPS is an acronym for Community Oriented Policing Services.

The program is designed to expand the time officers spend on the streets by investing in technology and equipment and by hiring civilians to handle routine administrative duties such as typing reports.

Hagerstown will get $104,077 to free up four police officers to work on the streets.

Smithsburg will get $17,000 and Hancock gets $16,579 to redeploy one officer in each jurisdiction.

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