EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLAW ENFORCEMENT RECOGNIZED
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Law Enforcers Recognized For Job Well Done
Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Kenney Barnett
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Oct. 15, 2012 2:46 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 16, 2012 11:59 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
It's a day of giving back for law enforcement in West Virginia. Members of law enforcement on the local, state and federal levels were recognized Monday afternoon at Marshall's Alumni Center.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said, "Today is about honoring the people who protect us day in and day out. All too often they've missed birthdays and holiday with families. They don't get the recognition they truly deserve, this day is about honoring them."
Goodwin handed out awards ranging from outstanding drug investigation to law enforcement agency of the year. Once again, Huntington topped the list. Councilwoman Sandra Clements represents the fairfield west community, an area of town that used to be the hub of crime. Clements said, "I think it's absolutely fantastic. If you know the history of the fairfield west community and how we felt the police department was not on our side and didn't care about us. To look now and see the results of the that concern is absolutely wonderful."a
Clements is talking about the lower crime rate. Both personal and property crimes are down nearly 40 percent. Fifty-four abandoned homes were recently demolished to pave the way for new housing and a brighter neighborhood.
But it's Huntington police and other agencies HPD work with that's helping make a difference and now they're being recognized for it.
Booth Goodwin said, "Huntington Police does exemplify, under Chief Skip Holbrook, the kind of dedication and professionalism that you expect from a law enforcement agency. they really take it to the next level."
According to the Huntington Police Department Annual Report:
In 2011, violent offenses decreased every year since 2006. Since 2006, overall crime has decreased 16%, burglary reduced by over 18%, and motor vehicle thefts were reduced by 48%.
The Weed and Seed Initiative target area results were: a 28% decrease in violent crime, 35% decrease on drug offenses, 197% increase in property values on Artisan Avenue.
The Drug Market Intervention Initiative results were: 40% decrease in drug offenses, 62% decrease in violent crime, none of the DMI Call-In individuals have re-offended at the one year mark.
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