Huntington to Hire Additional Police Officers
The city of Huntington is reallocating $500,000 in its budget to hire 10 police officers to fight drug problems in neighborhoods.
The city council unanimously approved the move Thursday. It will transfer funds from the city's insurance program and the street paving budget.
Mayor Steve Williams told the council that Huntington residents are scared to take their children outside. He says the hirings will send a message to drug dealers to get out.
Williams says the hope is to have the new officers in place by the end of the year. In addition to the new officers, an information technology position will be created.
City officials estimate that drug offenses in Huntington by the end of the year will jump 89 percent over 2013 levels.