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Welcome to our website.  Our goal is to provide you with easy access to information and services provided by our department. Click here to learn more about these services and to see what steps we are taking to improve public safety in the City of Hagerstown.
 
Grant Solicitation/Application
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced that it is seeking applications for funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). The BJA will be making awards to assist local and tribal efforts to prevent or reduce crime and violence. For additional information, click here.

As the result of this solicitation, the Hagerstown Police Department is applying for funding in the amount of $20,308.00.  The department’s application seeks funding to support overtime law enforcement activities within Hagerstown’s Safe Streets areas as well as in public housing areas to address crime and disorder. These overtime monies and supportive costs will be used for strategic police operations that are evidence-based within these targeted areas.   Additional information is available upon request.
 
Acting Police Chief Kifer
 
Meet the Acting Police Chief

Captain Paul “Joey” Kifer became Acting Chief of the Hagerstown Police Department in September 2015, with the retirement of Chief Mark Holtzman.

Captain Kifer, a life-long native of Hagerstown and sworn HPD officer since 1992, has served as patrolman, field training coordinator, patrol supervisor, detective sergeant, patrol sector commander and commander of the Special Services Bureau.

He also commanded HPD’s critical situation negotiation team which received national recognition for excellence and effectiveness.

Kifer believes in data driven policing, formulating methods and operations based on analyzed historic data and gathered intelligence sources. He believes in the “Compstat” model, matching data driven policing with city, county and state and federal entities and resources to address Hagerstown’s problems. This includes allocating police resources to High Priority Offenders, who initiate much of Hagerstown’s crime, as well as simple nuisance matters which may grow into safety or criminal situations.

Although arrests obviously need to be made, Captain Kifer recognizes that police cannot simply “arrest away” all problems. Therefore he also emphasizes problem oriented and community oriented policing theory. He believes that the role of the police is to be guardians, of the community.

Kifer’s outreach philosophy extends to all neighborhoods and communities; all races, nationalities and ethnicities; all sexual preferences. An executive board member of CASA, the Maryland Diversity Center, and the Homeless Coalition, he remains an ally to everyone in the community, open and accessible to all.

Likewise, he believes the Hagerstown Police Department must reflect, in composition and outlook, the population it serves and protects. HPD actively recruits police candidates from all groups and communities.
 
Grant Solicitation/Application
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced that it is seeking applications for funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). The BJA will be making awards to assist local and tribal efforts to prevent or reduce crime and violence. For additional information, click here.

As the result of this solicitation, the Hagerstown Police Department is applying for funding in the amount of $20,308.00.  The department’s application seeks funding to support overtime law enforcement activities within Hagerstown’s Safe Streets areas as well as in public housing areas to address crime and disorder. These overtime monies and supportive costs will be used for strategic police operations that are evidence-based within these targeted areas.   Additional information is available upon request.


           
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Paul Kifer
Acting Chief of Police
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Kristy Carroll

Administrative Coordinator
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Ph: (301) 790-3700
Fx: (301) 733-5513

50 N. Burhans Blvd.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

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