What do sewers have to do with law enforcement? Usually, not much. But two stories on those subjects made news this week, illustrating that a lack of cooperation between Hagerstown and Washington County has cost citizens money in the past - and may do so again in the near future.
The first story concerned the commissioners' decision to revive a proposal to create a central booking facility proposed more than a year ago by the Hagerstown Board of Public Safety.
At the time, Chief Arthur Smith said it would eliminate the present system, in which city officers must process all arrests themselves, including fingerprinting and transferring subjects to hearings before court commissioners.
A centrally located facility, with space for court commissioners on site, would slash overtime costs and keep more officers on the street, Smith said.