The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave Police Chief Arthur Smith its unofficial approval to advertise for a crime analyst, whose responsibilities would include tracking criminal trends so police officers can operate more effectively.
Smith said the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention recently announced that the city was awarded grant money to pay for the $50,700 position. That amount would cover the crime analyst's salary and benefits, he said.
The police department would like to fill the position as soon as possible, Smith said. Applicants should have computer skills and police experience, he said.
Because the grant is presented on a year-to-year basis, the position would be canceled if the funding gets discontinued, Smith said. But grants of this nature typically last when cities show that they have put the funding to good use, he said.