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Albemarle County Police Switch to Geo-Policing Policy

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Albemarle County Police are making big policy changes this week in hopes of increasing safety in the community.

Police are switching to a "geo-policing model" this week, meaning officers will patrol the county based on location rather than time of day.

This new method will keep the same officers in the same locations, in order to help them develop specific knowledge and adapt to changes in their regions.

"It's important to have that ability to be flexible and to change. Because crime trends and crime patterns and population changes in the county, and we've got to be able to adapt," said Lt. Pete Mainzer of Albemarle County Police.

The county is now divided into eight different patrol sectors. The department hopes this policy change will encourage a more collaborative approach to solving problems in specific areas.

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