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W.Va. Police Witness Survey Gets Few Responses

Fairmont City Police Cruiser
Sarah Lowther Hensley

  Most police departments in West Virginia haven't responded to a survey regarding witness identification policies.

The survey asked police departments whether they have complied with a 2013 law that required them to adopt written witness identification policies by Jan. 1, 2014.

The Charleston Gazette reports that only 22 percent of the state's 277 police departments responded to the survey.

The survey was conducted by the state's Law Enforcement Professional Standards Program and the Innocence Project.

The Innocence Project sent model policies, policy-writing guides and links to training videos with the survey. It also has offered in-state training sessions.

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