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Zoned police patrol effort begins in Hagerstown

July 10, 2011

HAGERSTOWN — A new police patrolling effort that sets up six zones in Hagerstown based on the frequency of four types of crimes has begun, according to a news release from the City of Hagerstown.

The approach is known as Data-driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety, and the zones are set up based on the frequency of burglaries, robberies, theft from vehicles and theft of vehicles, Capt. Mark Holtzman of the Hagerstown Police Department has said.

As part of the effort, every officer must spend 30 minutes a day in one of the zones conducting traffic enforcement and issuing warnings, repair orders and citations, Holtzman said.

It is hoped that through higher police visibility, crime will drop in those zones, Holtzman said.

City officials emphasized in the news release that the initiative will not take the place of other police patrol efforts and does not require additional officer help.

The program is being implemented through a partnership between city police, Maryland State Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, police said.

The sheriff’s office has established four zones that will be patrolled with the help of state police.

— Dave McMillion

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