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Manchin meets with area police officials

May 16, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin and Eastern Panhandle law enforcement officials discussed Monday what the state's plans are for police forces in the area in light of growing demands for police service in the region, officials said.

Local police want to know how the state can beef up staffing at West Virginia State Police detachments in the region, Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said.

Jefferson County has 13 troopers, less than what the county had nearly 10 years ago, Boober said.

Boober said the trend comes as he deals with increased calls for service. The county had about 30,000 calls for service last year, 2,000 more than the previous year, Boober said.

Boober said Manchin was not familiar with the state's trooper staffing plans, but he said he would get back to the group.

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Manchin met with local police at about 10:30 a.m. at the Charles Town Library. The group included Boober, Jefferson County Commission members, Berkeley County Sheriff Randy Smith and a representative from the Morgan County Sheriff's Department, Boober said.

After the meeting, Manchin visited the Jefferson County Senior Center in Ranson, W.Va., and he was scheduled to hand out PROMISE scholarships Monday night at Jefferson High School, said Tom Hunter, Manchin's press secretary.

Manchin had some private meetings in the area Monday afternoon, but Hunter said he did not know the details of the meetings.

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