By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge has pulled his department's representative out of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force because the town's police department is short staffed.
When Patrolman Mark Johnston returns to the Charles Town Police Department today, it will mark the first time one of the departments that provide officers for the task force will have pulled an officer out of the agency.
The Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force was created about four years ago and is made up of five state troopers, two Martinsburg Police officers, two Berkeley County sheriff's deputies, a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy and a Charles Town Police officer, said Martinsburg Police Capt. Ted Anderson, who oversees the task force's operations.