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West Virginia State Police combine two detachments in Mingo County, WV

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The West Virginia State Police (WVSP) announced on Friday, June 6 they are combining the Gilbert and Williamson detachments in Mingo County.

According to a news release issued by WVSP the new combined detachment will operate out of the city of Williamson which is the Stafford District Area.

 It will allow WVSP troopers to gain man power and better serve the community.

"The safety and well-being of the citizens of West Virginia is a primary concern of the West Virginia State Police," Colonel C. R. "Jay" Smithers said. "As Superintendent, I am accountable for running the agency in the most efficient and effective manner possible to accomplish our mission. Combining the Williamson and Gilbert Detachments makes sense not only from a monetary standpoint but from a public safety standpoint as well. It creates scheduling flexibility and allows for easier allocation of resources to respond to the needs of individual communities."

WVSP estimated the building costs for the Gilbert Detachment were around $18,000.

And this move allows them to put that money toward other resources. The telephone number for the Gilbert Detachment will be kept and will ring into the Williamson Detachment.