By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg Police Chief Wayne E. Cleveland said he is considering using a $17,000 grant to form a team of officers that would specialize in eradicating crime "hot spots" in town.
Cleveland said police routinely face spurts of crime such as break-ins or drug trafficking in certain neighborhoods. In Martinsburg, for example, there recently were a series of thefts from cars in the South End of town, but Cleveland said he had limited resources to deal with the problem.
With Cleveland's proposed Community Action Team, up to five officers would be specially designated to deal with problems such as the string of thefts. The officers would concentrate on the problem areas to quickly bring an end to the "hot spots" and perhaps solve the cases, said Cleveland.