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PARKERSBURG — Local law enforcement conducted a search operation as part of a mutual aid agreement, according to a news release Friday from the Wood County District Attorney’s Office.
According to the press release, the sweep took place over two days and included members of the Parkersburg Police Department, Vienna Police Department, Williamstown Police Department, Virginia State Police- Occidentale and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.
“It is much safer to serve terms in number”, said Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer. “Usually it’s up to law enforcement to go serve them, and there’s security in numbers for law enforcement, and it’s good collaboration between agencies to come together and bring those people before the courts.”
In addition to the arrests of various people wanted for crimes such as possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, shoplifting, assault and battery, breach of protective order against domestic violence, etc., local law enforcement also recovered various stolen property, including a motor vehicle. .
“It’s great that all law enforcement agencies share assets and work together to tackle some of the issues we face here in the community,” said Wood County Sheriff Rick Woodyard. “Which I believe plays a big role in reducing and reducing crime. I think it sends a message to people who would do harm in the community that law enforcement is working together, not against each other, to tackle the issues we face here. And it’s a blessing.
Although this was a search for people who had committed a crime, law enforcement also took the opportunity to help those in need.
“Contact was made in the homeless community with someone, and working with our homeless coordinators, we worked to reunite them with their family from another part of West Virginia to bring them back at their home”, said Parkersburg Police Chief Matthew Board.
All the agencies plan to work together in the future with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office even deputizing some of the other agencies’ members to help out.
“We recently entered into a permanent memorandum of understanding for the ban,” said Woodyard. “So they will be deputized as deputy sheriffs and they will go out into the county, and out of their jurisdictions, to assist and assist in the interdiction when we desire.”
Other agencies involved included the West Virginia Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, Child Protective Services, Parkersburg Homeless Coordinators, Wood County Trial Court, as well as local medical providers St. Joseph Ambulance and WVU Medical Center.
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