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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | January 19, 2013
Hagerstown Community College and local law enforcement officials have been talking about starting a police academy on the HCC campus for four years. Those talks will come to fruition March 18, when the first class is scheduled to begin. John King, a 30-year-veteran of law enforcement who has served with police departments in Baltimore City and Montgomery County, and most recently as chief of the Gaithersburg Police Department, has been tapped as the instructor for the six-month course.
NEWS
August 17, 2000
Citizen cop academy open The next citizens' police academy sponsored by the Hagerstown Department of Police will begin Sept.12, with sessions each Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m. for 10 weeks. There will be sessions on firearms with a trip to the firing range, visits to the crime lab, and information on patrol, arrests, criminal investigations and what it's like living with a badge. Deadline for applications is Aug. 31. Seating is limited so early registration is encouraged.
NEWS
by KATE S. ALEXANDER | January 9, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg will soon be served by three new full-time police officers. Orion Hippensteel, Joseph McGhee and Mathew Bietsch were approved Monday by the Chambersburg Borough Council to serve as borough police officers. David Finch, assistant borough manager, said Hippensteel will start immediately at a salary of $18.91 per hour. The borough will pay for McGhee and Bietsch to attend the Act 120 police academy starting Jan. 16, he said. Upon completion of the program, McGhee and Bietsch will start as full-time officers.
NEWS
June 4, 2004
The Smithsburg Police Department recognized eight people, including its newest officer and five of its former chiefs, during the department's first awards luncheon Thursday.Officer James Bowers III received the Lifesaving Award as a result of his efforts to save a 19-year-old man who had lost consciousness as the result of a heroin overdose on Aug. 7, 2003. Bowers, who had been out of the police academy for less than three weeks at the time, performed CPR on the victim until he regained a pulse.
NEWS
By ASHLEY HARTMAN | December 21, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A divided Washington Township Board of Supervisors did not have to make a decision Thursday night about hiring a 16th officer to its police department. With the resignation of officer Jason Taylor, the board was not divided in the decision to hire John Brady as the department's 15th officer. During Monday's meeting, the board was split about whether to hire a 16th officer, with two supervisors voting to add an officer and two voting against the proposal. They voted to have a special meeting Thursday to make a decision because Supervisor C. Stewart McCleaf was absent Monday.
NEWS
By TERI JOHNSON | April 8, 1998
Comedians Bobcat Goldthwait and Jimmie "J.J. " Walker will leave audiences howling Friday, April 10, at Ramada Inn Convention Center Ballroom, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the local group Ted & Tom will perform classic rock at 7 p.m. The comedy show begins at about 9 p.m. Walker performed at the Ramada Aug. 21 and was a hit with the audience, says Kevin Moats, club manager for Ramada Inn. "Everyone enjoyed him so much, and I told him I'd like to get him back.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | June 27, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A corporal with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department has resigned and accepted a job with another police agency, citing low pay and inadequate benefits as his reasons for leaving. Chief Deputy Kenneth Lemaster said he believes Cpl. Warren Spessert could end up being the first of several officers who leave because of low pay. Five to six of the department's 40 officers have said they've turned in applications to other police departments, Lemaster said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | September 26, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted to spend $3,819 to help purchase 30 ballistic vests for the Hagerstown Police Department. The total cost is $20,982, in which $3,819 will be paid for by the city, and the remaining $17,163 will be paid for by state and federal grants, Police Chief Arthur Smith said last week. "I think the safety of our police officers is very important," Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer said after the meeting. "If the city purchasing these vests saves officers' lives, it's well worth it. " According to city documents, the vests will be purchased from Atlantic Tactical of New Cumberland, Pa. Smith said he has never asked the council for money to buy vests in the past, but he had to this year after the state cut financial aid to municipalities.
NEWS
By ASHLEY HARTMAN | December 18, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township Supervisors approved their 2008 budget Monday night, but were unable to decide whether a 16th police officer should be a part of that budget. The $14.03 million budget was passed with no tax increases for township residents, according to Township Manager Mike Christopher. Christopher said the current tax rate is 4.4 mills. A mill represents $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The general fund included $4.8 million in expenditures, a 9 percent increase over the 2007 budget, Christopher said.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 18, 2010
Keller Williams Premier Realty thanked for help with garden City officials thanked Keller Williams Premier Realty on Tuesday for helping with Hagerstown's new community garden at Hager Park. On Thursday, agents from the company volunteered their time to plant seedlings. They also raised $500 for the garden this month through two yard sales, according to a city news release. Week recognized as Bike to Work Week Bike to Work Week is being observed in Hagerstown from May 17 to 21. Friday is Bike to Work Day. At Tuesday's city council meeting, Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II read aloud a proclamation urging motorists to share the road and encouraging people to use the city's bicycle routes.
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NEWS
July 12, 2013
Three recent retirements have forced the Hagerstown Police Department to move some officers off bicycle and foot patrols in the downtown area to cover mandatory patrol shifts throughout the city, according to city police. Police Lt. Paul Kifer said several officers who were dedicated to the force's downtown substation have been moved temporarily into vehicle patrol positions. The department is working to fill the downtown jobs, he said. “It's just a temporary manpower issue,” Kifer said at police headquarters earlier this week.
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By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | June 1, 2013
Nathan Steelman has come to learn to be ready for anything. After two tours in the military - one in Iraq, the other in Afghanistan - he realizes it doesn't take much to change the course of a day. Steelman, a Smithsburg native, was reminded of that Wednesday on a relaxing evening that went from sublime to ridiculous to tragic in the span of an hour. It went from watching the Washington Nationals-Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards to running into some old acquaintances, including Boonsboro High School graduate Matt Fortese, whom he hadn't seen in years since playing baseball together as kids.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 7, 2013
In his former job as a probation officer, Daniel Monn helped parolees rejoin society. Now, the 28-year-old is training at the Hagerstown Community College Police Academy to take criminals off the streets. “The role has kind of switched, and now you're opening the door to the criminal justice system,” he said. Monn and 19 other recruits became part of the academy's inaugural class when courses started March 18. If Monn successfully completes the six-month program, he will be sworn in as a Hagerstown police officer.
LIFESTYLE
February 1, 2013
The Hagerstown Police Department is accepting applications for the spring course of Citizen's Police Academy. The 11-week course gives participants an overview of several divisions and operations of the police department. The Citizen's Police Academy meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m. starting Feb. 19, with three optional Saturday classes. A short graduation recognition will be held on Tuesday, April 30 in Council Chambers at 7 p.m. The program is open to community members ages 18 and older, and it is offered free of charge.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | January 19, 2013
Hagerstown Community College and local law enforcement officials have been talking about starting a police academy on the HCC campus for four years. Those talks will come to fruition March 18, when the first class is scheduled to begin. John King, a 30-year-veteran of law enforcement who has served with police departments in Baltimore City and Montgomery County, and most recently as chief of the Gaithersburg Police Department, has been tapped as the instructor for the six-month course.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 24, 2012
Washington County's future crime fighters got a taste of what it's like to be a police officer during the recent Junior Police Academy in Hagerstown. Hagerstown Police Department Officer Brett McKoy said a dozen middle-school age children graduated from the academy when it wrapped up June 15. “We want to bring positive programs to the youth of Washington County,” McKoy said. The academy ran from June 11 to 15. During that time, the students participated in a variety of activities that included fingerprinting, firearms training and guided tours of the Washington County circuit and district courts.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | March 6, 2012
Jefferson County's two female sheriff's deputies came to their careers from different paths. Cpl. Tracy Harrison got into law enforcement following an eight-year stint in the U.S. Marines, while Deputy Phoebe Leber is following family tradition. Harrison, 35, who has been on the force for eight years, is one of three deputies in the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department's detective division. While she has investigated all kinds of criminal activity, her current responsibilities mostly deal with drug investigations.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | January 27, 2012
The Hagerstown Police Department has slots still available for people who are interested in attending the Citizen's Police Academy. Officer Gerard Kendle said the 12-week course, which offers firearms training and a basic knowledge of police work, will kick off Feb. 13 at the police station off Burhans Boulevard. Participants will graduate May 1. “This is the seventh class. It just seems to keep growing and growing,” Kendle said. The academy focuses on a variety of police issues, including drunken-driving laws and the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment governance of illegal searches and seizures.
LIFESTYLE
January 25, 2012
The Hagerstown Police Department has a few more spots left to fill its bi-annual Citizen's Police Academy. The 12-week course gives ordinary citizens an extraordinary look at the duties and responsibilities of the police force. The program runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 13, through April 23, with some Saturday courses within the timeframe. The group will graduate Tuesday, May 1. The course is open to people ages 18 and older who live, work or play in Hagerstown. There is no cost to participate.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | January 2, 2012
In an effort to save the City of Hagerstown money when hiring new officers, the Hagerstown Police Department will use a financial incentive to entice applicants who have completed a police academy. The Hagerstown City Council in December approved letting the police department use two hiring incentives to attract applicants: one for $5,000 paid to the person hired and one for $500 paid to an existing officer who refers an applicant to the city who is then hired. The council supported the measure by a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Forrest W. Easton dissenting, City Clerk Donna Spickler said.
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