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Police Look to Future of Department Amid Downtown Growth

The Frederick Police Department is asking for input from the public as they work towards putting together a strategic plan for the department through 2019.

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department is collecting data and information from the public for their strategic comprehensive plan that will lay out guidelines for department over the next five years.

The department currently has an authorized strength of 141 officers, which is the maximum. However, within the next year the department could loose 11 of their sworn in, as 11 of them will be eligible to retire. It’s something the department is keeping a close eye on, as downtown Frederick continues to grow.

“The next phase of the Carroll Creek is starting to be developed, businesses all along the creek to attract people to downtown to spend money and things like that so it's definitely an area of focus for us. We want it to be a safe environment and we don't want people to not want to come downtown because of a fear of being robbed,” said Cpt. Richard Hetherington of the Frederick Police Department.

Police say robberies are happening more often, not only this time of year, but all year round. The department is working to fight those crimes, but say they need the public's help. Captain Hetherington said the department can’t stress enough how important it is to lock your doors.

“Burglaries, motor vehicle theft, theft from motor vehicles, it goes in cycles. We try and analyze the data with predictive analysis so we can deploy of people where we think things are going to happen,” said Cpt. Hetherington.

Over the next five years, the department hopes to continue to strengthen their downtown foot patrols, as well as increase their man-power.

“So, trying to balance handling calls for service and being proactive and being visible and getting pulled in many directions,” said Hetherington.

Last year the number of serious crimes in Frederick went up, police say they’re doing what they can to keep the numbers down. They say your input could help and is always welcomed.  The survey is available online here.
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