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Blue Ridge Mountain police substation opens in Jefferson County

May 01, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- After discussing the idea for years as a way to foil crime in the area, officials formally opened a police substation Wednesday morning on the Blue Ridge Mountain.

Members of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, the state Division of Natural Resources, West Virginia State Police, National Park Service and others participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the substation on the grounds of Blue Ridge Elementary School along W.Va. 9.

The substation will operate from a mobile home that was used by Jefferson County Parks and Recreation, said Lt. Dave Colbert of the sheriff's department.

Utilities were extended to the substation and several deputies started working from the office Wednesday, Colbert said.

Colbert said deputies will be stationed to the substation as much as possible.

The school will benefit from officers being close by, but the substation is centrally situated among housing developments on the mountain, Colbert said.

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Residents and law enforcement officials have discussed for years putting a substation on the Blue Ridge Mountain to reduce police response times to calls in the mountain area and increase police presence there.

The substation idea came up periodically as residents dealt with crime problems like repeated house burglaries, vandalism and other crimes.

At one time, residents on the mountain said their homes were broken into multiple times and thousands of dollars in valuables were stolen.

The substation includes a small meeting room where citizens can meet with police, an interview room and a bathroom. Other police agencies will be able to use the substation, Colbert said.

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