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Hagerstown briefs

July 20, 2010

Police department receives training grant



The Hagerstown Police Department received a grant Tuesday to send officers for "less than lethal" training.

Tim Ailsworth of the Local Government Insurance Trust presented Police Chief Arthur Smith with a check for $5,835 to fund the training.

The money will pay for three officers to receive taser recertification and lesser-force certification, Ailsworth said.

In a memo to City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman, Smith said the grant allows the police department to train officers without affecting its limited training budget.

Sending officers to the training will affect injury statistics, however, he said.

"This will really cut down on officer and suspect injuries," he said of the training.

City considering trick or treating on Oct. 29



Hagerstown could host Trick or Treat night a couple of days early this year if city council approves the change.

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The council will vote later this month on a proposal from the Hagerstown Police Department to hold Trick or Treat night on Oct. 29.

City council members did not offer any discussion Tuesday on the proposal.

Police Chief Arthur Smith suggested the city hold Trick or Treat night on Friday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. rather than Halloween because of officer availability.

Halloween falls on Sunday this year and more officers are available on a Friday than on a Sunday, he said.

Smith said Friday also is not a school night, which would benefit children and families.

The Alsatia Mummers Parade would be held Saturday Oct. 30, according to city documents.

--Kate S. Alexander

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