Violent Crimes Drop in Huntington, New Budget Includes Funding for Five New Officers

HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) - The Huntington Police Department delivered a presentation to City Council members on its proposed budget for the fiscal year 2018 (begins July 1st).

According to the department, violent crimes in Huntington for the first two months of 2018 are 27 percent lower than the first two months of 2017.

The Police Department's Special Investigations Bureau (the police department's drug unit) has executed fifteen search warrant, resulting in 32 felony arrests since mid-December.

The fiscal year 2018 budget would allow funding for five additional police officers, including five new cruisers that will be purchased before the end of the current fiscal year. That will make the budgeted staffing level to 108 officers.

The department says it is continuing to strengthen partnerships with federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, DEA, and ATF.

In addition, Huntington Police says that the department has reached an agreement to house a WV Intelligence Fusion Center satellite office at HPD headquarters. The US Department of Homeland Security and FBI will deploy personnel to work within the fusion centers.

Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial says the sharing of intelligence information that will come from this partnership will serve as a vital asset to combating the drug trade.

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