Morgantown Crime Mapping May Help Keep City Safe

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Morgantown, W.Va. (Ap) -- A $150,000 federal grant will help the city of Morgantown analyze why and where crime is happening so police can work to prevent it.

West Virginia University says the grant from the National Institute of Justice is the first of its kind in West Virginia, funding a partnership between city and WVU police.

WVU geography professor Greg Elmes and doctoral student George Roedl won the grant and will use geomapping tools to help them track what happens in both departments' jurisdictions.

The goal is to identify emerging crime trends and help police not only inform the public of the problem but also solicit possible solutions.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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