A stressful week of stringent assessments of the Hagerstown Police Department, attempting to gain national reaccreditation for the third time, has ended.
A three-man team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. finished a review of the department Wednesday. The assessors, who did everything from riding in cars with patrol officers to raiding the files in search of errors in policies, were thorough and far from lenient, Hagerstown Police Department Chief Arthur Smith said Wednesday.
Smith said the assessors told officials that their report to the commission will suggest that reaccreditation be granted, though it will point out a number of areas requiring immediate improvement. Smith said most of those areas included updating paperwork to correspond with newer department policies.