Parkersburg Police Department gets new officers

PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg Police Department appointed four new patrol officers to the police department at 9 a.m. Friday.

The department will welcome a total of six new officers, including two others who were sworn in on June 24, police Chief Joe Martin said. Two out of the six new members are certified police officers in the state of West Virginia and will start immediately, he said.

The four others will attend the state police academy for the mandated training.

Sworn in on Friday were new officers Dylan Shears, Jacob Dennison, Jared Richards and Shane Semones. The officers sworn in June 24 were Matthew Traywick and Gary Powers.

Martin said he was happy with the candidates who were hired in the last several weeks.

“These six officers have a tough assignment ahead of them,” he said. “They have committed to me and the department that they are willing and ready to work as an officer for the city of Parkersburg.”

Martin said the new men will be required to make sacrifices but he believed they are a motivated group worthy of doing so.

“They understand and are motivated to do what is necessary to be a successful police officer in this department,” Martin said.

Upon graduation, the four officers will then be required to complete the department’s field training program, Martin said. The officers will spend several hours of training with other officers before they will be able to work alone on the streets.

The department has one vacancy that will be filled in August, the next available academy class.