Law Enforcement

How old were you when you first learned that police may think of you as a threat?

You’ve never been told that?

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West Virginia's attorney general is calling for 150 more state troopers and 50 more investigators to help stem the flow of illegal drugs fueling the state's addiction crisis.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says a full overnight shift on the state's highways is important to a law-enforcement effort that's gotten "short shrift" on resources.

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West Virginia prison officials have tapped a career law enforcement officer to crack down on illegal drug smuggling.

Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy has named Jack Luikart as director of correctional substance abuse control.

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Juvenile justice reform brought law enforcement and community organizers together last week in Charleston. The discussion focused on a diversion program for juvenile offenders in Florida that could be an example for communities in West Virginia.

USDA, Kearneysville
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Updated at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 30:

Six U. S. Department of Agriculture offices were closed Tuesday after receiving anonymous threats. Two of those six facilities are located in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.     

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department first got the news about the threats Monday afternoon. Jefferson County Sheriff Pete Dougherty says the threats were made through email, but did not release any more information about those threats. Dougherty did say it was clear that the person who sent the email intended to do bodily harm to personnel at the six USDA facilities.


Fallen law enforcement officers will be honored at the state Capitol Complex.

A ceremony is scheduled Tuesday in the Culture Center in Charleston. A procession will include the placing of a wreath at the Fallen Partner Memorial on the Culture Center plaza.

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  Coming up at 7:41 on West Virginia Morning, our series about the heroin epidemic “The Needle and the Damage Done” continues.  Today, reports about law enforcement officers feel about carrying and using a drug to reverse the effects of a drug overdose.  That’s coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story. 


In Morgantown, law enforcement officials met to learn about human trafficking in West Virginia. Apparently, reports of trafficking in the state are on the rise, but that might be a good thing.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin named new heads for two sections of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Sam England will be the new chief of the Parks and Recreation section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and Jerry Jenkins is the chief of the Law Enforcement section.