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State police to recruit in Panhandle

December 16, 2008

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- The state police will conduct recruiting tests in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle next month in a move to increase interest among potential troopers in the region.

"Probably not within the last 20 years, if ever, have they tested here in the Panhandle," said Trooper W.R. Garrett, a recruiting officer based at the Charles Town detachment.

Before this year, candidates had been required to make a several-hour drive to Charleston, W.Va., or Morgantown, W.Va., to take the test. The agency uses the test to pick qualified applicants to attend the State Police Academy.

Offering testing in the Eastern Panhandle is a recognition of the region's increase in population, crime rates and related issues, he said.

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Berkeley and Jefferson counties are among the state's fastest growing. According to the state police's 2007 annual report, the two counties represented the bulk of investigations and arrests made by the regional office that covers the state's seven eastern counties.

Holding a test next month in Charles Town also is a recognition that it would be easier for Eastern Panhandle residents to eventually return home if hired, Garrett said. It also could encourage people from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia to apply.

The Charles Town test is set for Jan. 31. Testing also will be conducted in January in Bluefield, W.Va., and Morgantown, and at the State Police Academy in Institute, W.Va., in January and February.

For more information, see www.wvstatepolice.com/employ/employ.shtml.

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