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Mayor Bruchey calls for 'zero tolernace'

September 14, 2000

Mayor Bruchey calls for 'zero tolernace'



Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey is again calling for police to institute a "zero tolerance" policy on crime.

Bruchey said Tuesday there is increased illegal drug activity in the east end of downtown and police should arrest and cite people for crimes such as littering.

The theory is that by cracking down on the relatively minor offenses police can prevent more serious problems.

Bruchey said there wouldn't be a need for a formal policy, just a better "focus" on enforcing ordinances already in place.

City Police Chief Arthur Smith said, "We don't call it zero tolerance but we already do it. We call it quality of life. ... What he's asking is for us to step it up and I think that's reasonable."

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Bruchey made a similar call for a zero tolerance policy in April 1999, about six months before Smith took over as police chief.

-Dan Kulin

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