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 U.S. Newswire July 25, 2001 Wednesday

West Virginia Police Acknowledged in COPS Office Report

WASHINGTON, DC – The innovative partnership that the Martinsburg Police Department, West Virginia developed with their local community is highlighted in a new Justice Department publication on community policing. The partnership was developed to engage the Martinsburg community to fight domestic violence. Police – community partnerships are a core component of community policing.

A new report entitled, "Problem-Solving Partnerships: Including the Community for a Change," was recently released by the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. In this publication, seven police agencies – including the Martinsburg Police Department – were selected from more than 400 agencies across the country. The Justice Department report identifies this successful partnership as a model for other police departments across the nation

The Problem Solving Partnerships report describes how the city partnered with neighboring criminal justice and social service agencies to improve communication and to make training available for agencies providing victim support services. Martinsburg police also were able to consolidate victim and offender data thus getting a more complete view of the problem and minimizing the cases that could slip through the cracks. This strategy has resulted in a 10% increase in offender convictions and a 17% decrease in the number of domestic violence cases that were dismissed.

Promising law enforcement practices of the top seven model cities are posted on the COPS home page at www.cops.usdoj.gov. For more information, please call the COPS office at 202-616-1728.


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