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Panhandle to get seven more troopers

April 10, 2004|By CANDICE BOSELY

Martinsburg, W.Va.

Seven new West Virginia State Police troopers will soon be stationed in the Eastern Panhandle, bringing manpower levels closer to where they were during peak levels.

Four of the troopers - Frederick H. Edwards III, Zachary L. Nine, Douglas S. See and Samuel R. Smith - will be assigned to the Martinsburg barrack. Troopers Steven A. Murphy, Martin J. Glende and Brock A. Chandler will be assigned to the Charles Town detachment, according to a press release from Sgt. Jay Powers in Charleston.

All seven graduated Friday from the State Police Academy, after 28 weeks of training. Statewide there are now 633 troopers, out of a possible 664. Of the 633, 28 have been activated for military duty, Powers said.

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Sgt. D.D. Forman, who works in the Charles Town barrack, said the new officers will report to work on Monday morning. With them, Charles Town will have 12 troopers and two sergeants, and Martinsburg will have 18 troopers and five sergeants.

Although still not at the maximum possible, Forman said the officers will especially help in Martinsburg, where 24/7 shift coverage recently resumed. A lack of personnel previously forced troopers in Martinsburg to stop a midnight to 8 a.m. shift three nights a week.

In Jefferson County, troopers work three nights a week and deputies with the sheriff's department work the other four, Forman said.

Several years ago Martinsburg was fully staffed with 24 troopers. By October 2002, however, only 15 troopers were working there, state police officials said previously.

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