SOUTH CHARLESTON – Daily, the West Virginia State Police faces numerous challenges to carry out its statutory mission. The Superintendent and his staff continually seek to identify areas where the agency can become more effective and efficient as it provides professional law enforcement services throughout the state.
New technology often enables the West Virginia State Police to more easily accomplish objectives while making better use of manpower and resources in the process. Also, focusing manpower and resource in a coordinated manner often makes more sense than having resources stretched thinly across the state. This allows for more flexibility in scheduling personnel and distributing resources to areas when critical needs arise.
As a result, the West Virginia State Police announces effective Jan. 1, 2017, the following detachments will close: the Hundred Detachment, the Grantsville Detachment, and the Elizabeth Detachment.
The West Virginia State Police will continue to provide professional law enforcement services in all these areas. The Hundred Detachment’s area of responsibility will be covered by the Paden City Detachment. The Grantsville Detachment’s area of responsibility will be covered by both the Clay and Glenville Detachments. The Elizabeth Detachment’s area of responsibility will be covered by the Parkersburg Detachment.
While the decisions may seem sudden to members of the affected communities, the West Virginia State Police believes it has a moral responsibility to strive continually to be a good steward of taxpayer money. The decisions were only made after much thought, careful deliberation, and a thorough consideration of alternative courses of action.
“The West Virginia State Police realizes that the citizens of West Virginia hold us in high esteem and enjoy having detachments in close proximity; however, it is not economically feasible in today’s climate to maintain a physical detachment in each community across the state. Regardless of the current adversities facing our state, the West Virginia State Police shall remain resolute in continuing to provide professional law enforcement services, just as we always have since 1919.” said Colonel C. R. “Jay” Smithers