County gives state crime report to secure grants for Taneytown

City likely to receive $30,000 in fiscal 2000

April 07, 1999|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

Carroll officials have forwarded a report on serious crimes in Taneytown to Maryland legislators, a move that should secure $30,000 in federal and state crime-prevention grants for the county's HotSpot initiative in fiscal 2000.

Local officials learned last month that they had until July to send the report to the House Appropriations Committee. Carroll was one of four Maryland counties in danger of losing the U.S. Justice Department and state grants, which are administered by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

This is the third year the county has asked for crime prevention grants to fund HotSpot, a statewide anti-crime initiative. The money is used to operate youth crime-prevention programs, community policing initiatives and addictions programs. The programs are designed to reduce serious crimes such as assault, robbery and rape.

"We met with the HotSpot folks about two weeks ago," Jolene Sullivan, county director of citizen services, told the county commissioners yesterday. "During that meeting, we were able to get to the information the state needed, so we're in very good standing."

State officials contend that Carroll, Cecil, Queen Anne's and St. Mary's counties did not submit a satisfactory report on serious crime statistics for fiscal 1998, which ended June 30.

Taneytown Police Lt. Gregory Woelfel said the statistics were submitted. The problem, he said, may have been the report format.

The computer system used by Taneytown police cannot download data to a floppy disk in the format required by the state, he said.

However, with technical assistance from the University of Maryland's department of criminology and criminal justice, Taneytown was able to update its software and furnish state legislators with the necessary data.

Maryland was the first state tapped for the federal HotSpot grants, and Taneytown was designated to receive a portion of more than $3.5 million to be funneled into the state over three years.

About $25,000 of the $30,000 granted to Carroll County in fiscal 1999, the second year of the HotSpot program, went to an after-school program at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown.

Pub Date: 4/07/99

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