Citizen’s Police Academy Set

Matt Gregory

BUCKHANNON—City of Buckhannon Chief of Police Matt Gregory reported the goings on of the police department recently including the upcoming Citizen’s Police Academy.

According to Gregory, the academy will take place every Wednesday from March 13 through April 10 at 6 p.m.

Gregory also noted the VIPS program has four new volunteers.

A recent campaign to collect perspective candidates for an open police officer position netted 22 applications.

“I’m pretty pleased with 22 applicants for a single vacant position,” Gregory said.  “Anything over 20 is very good.”

The next step, according to Gregory, will be to administer agility testing and academic testing to attain a list of qualified and available candidates.

For the month of December 2018, officers issued seven parking tickets, 27 citations, made 49 misdemeanor arrests, seven felony arrests, answered 442 calls, took 68 complaints, investigated 10 accidents, logged 123 hours of community policing, and patrolled 7,129 miles.

Among the traffic citations were one for cell phone, two for driving revoked/suspended, four for expired MVI sticker, one for improper passing, 12 for no insurance carried, two for no operators, three for no seatbelt, and one for running a stop sign.

Misdemeanor arrests included two for breaking and entering of a vehicle, one for brandishing, two for destruction of property, one for DUI, one for felon in possession of firearm, one for leaving the scene of an accident, one for obtaining false pretense, six for petit larceny, two for possession of a controlled substance, five for possession of marijuana, 22 for shoplifting, four for trespassing, and one for warrant from other jurisdiction.

Felony arrests included one for child neglect, one for domestic 3rd offense, one for fugitive from justice, one for grand larceny, two for shoplifting 3rd offense, and one for strangulation.

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