The Hagerstown Police Department will use a state grant to help protect victims of domestic violence.
The $11,666 grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention will help pay the salary of a part-time employee to register protection orders with the National Crime Information Center, city Police Chief Mark Holtzman said.
He said that by registering the information as soon as possible, officers who respond to domestic calls will know immediately if a protection order has been issued.
“It’s a vital piece of domestic violence protection,” Holtzman said.
City police have been receiving the grant for a number of years, he said.
The governor’s crime control office announced last week that it had awarded $196,333 to 13 jurisdictions across the state in an effort to curb domestic violence.
Baltimore City received the largest portion, with an award of $38,326.
The goal of the program is to reduce or minimize the time between the issuance of protective orders and their entry into law-enforcement databases, according to the crime office.
Once the information has been entered, police have the legal authority to block an individual from harassing or harming another.
The employee who will register the information works for the Hagerstown Police Department, but is assigned to the Washington County Warrant Task Force, Holtzman said.