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HPD gets federal research grant

Herald-Dispatch
9/29/2014
HPD gets federal research grant Sep. 29, 2014 @ 10:45 PM CURTIS JOHNSON HUNTINGTON — The Huntington Police Department received $100,000 in federal research funds aimed at transforming downtown and the surrounding area. The grant, announced Monday, will finance scientific research from 1st to 18th streets between Veterans Memorial Boulevard to 7th Avenue. It provides money as part of the Justice Department’s Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. Officials hope its findings bolster the city’s chance at implementation funds to revolutionize the city, said grant writer and Huntington Police Patrolman Rod Pell. Read more

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Huntington Receives $100K to Study Crime

West Virginia Public Broadcasting
9/29/2014
By Ashton Marra The Huntington Police Department was awarded a $100,000 grant Monday from the U.S. Department of Justice to study a crime ridden area of the city. The grant is part of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. Huntington Police Department’s Grant Administrative Officer Rod Pell said the award allows the office to begin the planning phase of ridding downtown Huntington, or city council district three, of crime. “Roughly, over a three year period, that district three reflected almost 28 percent of all part one violent offenses for the city and over 20 percent of all part one property offenses city wide also,” Pell said. “It’s concerning because district three is geographically the second smallest city council district.” The department has identified questions, like what drives crime in the area and where can the city collaborate to decrease it. The grant also allows Huntington PD to team with the Center for Business and Economic Research at Marshall University and a private business called Collective Impact to find the answers to those questions. Next year, Huntington will apply for a second grant to implement the solutions they identify.
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