Increasing police patrols in one of Huntington’s roughest neighborhoods. Residents took a stand at a recent council meeting and the city listened. But how to best target crime in that area has been the source of some confusion, until today.
The city sent out a release Thursday morning that should nip all of the confusion in the bud. It's just three short paragraphs that basically says:
"The intention was to increase the police patrol in this community and action is being taken to reorganize the layout of the current zones to create a presence and focus on the Fairfield West community."
It goes on to say they will particularly focus on 9th avenue and Artisan Avenue. These have been the sites of increased drug activity and prostitution driving residents to the breaking point.
People who live in this community have repeatedly asked for a stronger police presence. the mayor says he's working to shrink the zone this neighborhood sits in so the officers can better focus on the problem areas.
It's an ongoing effort that will continue until the citizens of this area feel safe.
The mayor also wants prostitutes and drug dealers to know they are not welcome to operate in the city of Huntington.