W.Va. police says state force is spread thin

33 detachments in contain five or fewer troopers required to provide 24-hour law enforcement services


Charleston Daily Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Leaders of the West Virginia Troopers Association say the State Police force is being stretched too thin to properly serve citizens and is asking the Legislature to beef up its ranks.

John Smith, president of the association, says 33 state police detachments in West Virginia currently contain five or fewer troopers who are required to provide 24-hour law enforcement services to the counties they protect. Twenty-six of those detachments have only four troopers.

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