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Local authorities stay in state lines

February 20, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Washington County law-enforcement agencies were aware Monday that their counterparts in Ranson, W.Va., cornered a gunman, but they typically don't cross state lines to provide mutual aid.

Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said it's better for authorities to stay in their own state because the application of laws works differently. They can provide mutual aid, however, anywhere in the state of Maryland, he said.

"All it would take is a quick request from the police chief or sheriff," Smith said. "We would be available to help them."

Smith said Hagerstown routinely provides mutual aid to the City of Frederick and receives aid from there, but typically not on an emergency basis. The police officers from the two departments assist in serving search warrants and other common tasks, he said.

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The Washington County Sheriff's Office uses pretty much the same protocol as Hagerstown police, Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said.

He said the county has a mutual-aid agreement with Frederick County, and can help if there's an emergency within the state.

In some cases, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, members of local law enforcement travel to other regions of the country to provide assistance, he said.

"You're not there (to make) apprehensions," Mullendore said. "You're there as a peacekeeping agent."

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