Retired Deputy Chief Earl P. Hartman, 82, who was chief clerk and property officer for the Metropolitan Police Department for many years, died Sunday at his home in Falls Church.

He had retired in April, 1960, after 32 years of service with the force. Although the early part of his career had been in investigative work, he had concerned himself in later years with statistical matters.

Chief Hartman was credited with setting up the Central Communications and Records Bureau. He also headed the compilation of the department's annual report.

Born in Washington, he worked for International Business Machines before joining the police force in 1928. He was detailed in the 1930s to the grand jury and then was made a special investigator for the U.S. attorney.

In the late 1930s, after returning to work in the detective bureau, Chief Hartman was in charge of a special investigating squad with orders to keep the police department clean.

Later he was assigned to the former seventh precinct, then was recalled from there in 1948 to revise procedures to conform with the system of crime reporting as recommended by the FBI.

His work with the fledgling police statistical bureau, which in 1950 produced an annual report that was one of the most complete in the department's history, won him national attention.

In 1952, he was named chief clerk and property officer, and became responsible for preparing the department's annual budget for submission to the Budget Bureau, the District Commissioners and Congress.

He also was in charge of the cash and valuables seized in raids or classified as lost or unclaimed property.

Chief Hartman was a member of the Association of Retired D.C. Policemen.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret V., of the home, and a brother, Dr. Charles R. Hartman, of Falls Church.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Heart Association of Northern Virginia.