South Charleston, West Virginia – The West Virginia State Police announced Tuesday afternoon that the law enforcement agency would be closing three separate detachments effective January 1, 2017. The detachments set for closure are the following: the Hundred Detachment, the Grantsville Detachment, and the Elizabeth Detachment.
In a news release sent to members of the media, Lieutenant Michael Baylous stated, “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.”
WVSP officials say that by closing the detachments, the agency will be able to better focus its manpower and resources in a coordinated manner, rather 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.”
“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,” stated Baylous.
“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.
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