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The director of West Virginia's criminal justice planning agency retired on Dec. 31.

J. Norbert Federspiel began serving as the Director of Justice and Community Services in 1999. 

"Norb has been a true public servant," said Secretary Joe Thornton of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. "Time and again, his expertise and leadership have helped West Virginia protect its citizens and fight crime effectively. He leaves us well-poised to carry out the mission of Justice Reinvestment."

The Justice and Community Services division is the research branch of West Virginia's criminal justice system. 

In 2013, the division received three awards for work done in the Statistical Analysis Center.  The division is also involved in dozens of programs to aid law enforcement and the justice system.  Their programs range from helping law enforcement agencies purchase bullet proof vests to assisting with child advocacy centers.