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Head of state criminal justice agency retires

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The longtime head of West Virginia's criminal justice planning agency has retired.

Norbert Federspiel had directed the Division of Justice and Community Services since 1999. The state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety says Tuesday was Federspiel's last day on the job.

Federspiel headed an agency that oversees dozens of criminal justice programs. Those efforts include helping police obtain bulletproof vests, training public school resource officers, and assisting domestic violence and child advocacy centers. The division has helped provide $138 million in federal grants and other funding to 33 such programs in the last five years.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin recently named the division as his office's Outstanding Criminal Justice Partner for 2013.

 


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