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One officer to handle bicycle/foot patrol in Martinsburg

September 11, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- In an effort to improve public safety in Martinsburg's downtown business district, Martinsburg Police Chief T.C. "Ted" Anderson said Wednesday that primary bicycle/foot patrol duties will be handled by one officer.

Anderson said he expects the assignment of Patrolman William Parks to patrol downtown during the week on a permanent basis will add more consistency to enforcement efforts there.

The city has had daytime, Monday through Saturday bicycle/foot patrols in the downtown area for nearly four years, he said.

"I think it will be a little bit better," Anderson said.

Main Street Martinsburg Executive Director Randy Lewis, who announced the assignment, encouraged business owners to welcome Parks to the downtown area.

"We thank the City of Martinsburg Police Department for this effort and their continued support toward Main Street Martinsburg and our business district," Lewis said in a press release.

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The police department also has an officer assigned to Martinsburg High School as part of efforts to improve security there.

Anderson said officers are assigned to the school on a semester-by-semester basis as part of a partnership with the Berkeley County Board of Education that is in its third year.

The Martinsburg City Council voted Tuesday to renew the agreement with the school board, Anderson said.

Patrolman Mike Bettis is the officer assigned to the school for the fall 2009 term, Anderson said.

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