Grant sought for more deputies
By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Sheriff Ronald L. Jones Thursday received approval from the Berkeley County Commission to apply for a federal grant to hire two more deputies.
The approval follows recent approval by the commission to hire two new deputies for next year.
Jones was given the go-ahead for the application "with absolutely no commitment" to hire new deputies, Commission President James C. Smith said.
The Community Oriented Policing Services grant is the same source of funding for the two deputies the county is scheduled to hire. The COPS grant provides $143,000 over three years for salaries, benefits, training and equipment, with a $48,000 local match.