EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHuntington Police Dept. Gets Grant Money
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Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Kenney Barnette
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Oct. 2, 2013 5:19 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 3, 2013 9:18 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Five new police officer positions are opened to help in the fight against gun violence in Huntington.
That's good news for many people who live in the Fairfield West area of Huntington where six people were shot last week. City leaders say on the whole, crime is down and they want to keep it that way. that's why U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced a Federal Grant from the Department of Justice that will allow Huntington's Police Dept. to hire five new officers to target gun crimes.
Mayor Steve Williams says now with force at 111 officers, he still wants more. "One hundred and eleven has to be the minimum threshold. My expectation is we need to have more. the more we have in the police department the more special projects and strategies we're able to put in place."
HPD will receive $624 thousand from the D.O.J. As for now, that money won't be affected by the recent government shutdown. Police Chief Skip Holbrook says the new staffing will definitely have a positive effect for the city. "It can reduce crime, make neighborhoods more strong and vibrant. More people will want to live and come to Huntington."
The hiring process is already underway and new officers will attend the police academy in January.
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