I just recently retired from the Parkersburg Police Department, and it pains me to see the direction the department has been going. The department no longer has a commitment to the community as it once had. We used to have an officer in the middle schools to build relationships with the youth of the community and the program was eliminated. I used to hold a yearly "drug-free" picnic for the children that was eliminated for the reason of "lack of funds." Relationships with other law enforcement agencies and first responders have deteriorated. Where we used to collaborate and work together it has become a turf war. Officers are beginning to leave at an alarming pace and leaving for other departments.