As the Parkersburg Police Department progresses into the 21st century, it is constantly adapting to the changing needs of the citizens of Parkersburg.
The agency employs nearly 100 people for positions such as police officer, administrative assistants, secretaries, telecommunicators, crossing guards, and a civilian Evidence Technician.
The department supports many specialized units including the Street Crime Unit, Hostage Negotiation Team, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, Traffic Crash Team, Computer Crimes, Bicycle Unit, Prevention Resource Officers (PRO) and a Motorcycle Unit among others. The department also assigns investigators to the Parkersburg Violent Crimes and Narcotics Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional unit covering several counties in the region.
The department’s motto “to protect and to serve” is demonstrated in its efforts to work with the community to solve and prevent crime. Programs like the Citizens Police Academy strive to give our residents a better understanding of what we do and how we do it, thus building an ongoing working relationship that will extend through the years.
As we have seen all too clearly, this new century will be one requiring knowledge, skill and commitment from those in public safety. In 1986, the department answered 20, 473 calls, with that number climbing to 44,780 calls in 2011. The number of officers has remained between 63 and 65 throughout this period, creating an obvious challenge. The evolution of crime and technology has also created the need for more specialized assignments such as those officers tasked to investigate computer crimes like child pornography, further stretching the demands placed upon the department.
The citizens of Parkersburg can be assured that our officers will continue to provide leadership, coordination, and delivery of law enforcement and support services in order to preserve, protect, and defend people and property, while respecting the rights and dignity of all the people we serve.