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Former Shepherd University police chief Boyer dies

October 09, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- After Grover Boyer became Shepherd University's police chief in 1989, the West Virginia Legislature made changes that allowed colleges to have police departments instead of security guards that most schools were employing, said Alan Perdue, general counsel for Shepherd.

But when the legislative change was made, no requirements were issued that the existing security guards receive formal training.

That did not sit well with Boyer, who insisted that Shepherd's security guards would receive the same academy training as regular police officers, Perdue said.

"I think that was a decision Grover was absolutely right about," Perdue said Wednesday.

Boyer died Tuesday at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., and school officials were remembering Boyer this week for his commitment to Shepherd and leading his department through a transition to be a fully certified police department.

Boyer, 62, of 2202 Whitings Neck Road in Berkeley County, was a graduate of the Missouri Police Academy and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to fly airplanes, according to his obituary.

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Boyer was well-known among local law enforcement officials and he was "very warmly regarded" among his peers and friends, Perdue said.

The Shepherd University police department has seven full-time officers and about seven part-time officers. The chief's position has not been filled since Boyer retired May 1, Perdue said.

Funeral services will be Sunday at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home and burial will be in Thayer, Mo., the state where his mother lived, according to his obituary.

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