Agency Type: Sheriff's Office
Population Size, based on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau: 56,117
Agency Size: 54 total - 28 sworn; 26 non-sworn
Initiative Partnership(s): Municipal Police Departments, West Virginia State Police, Fairmont State University, West Virginia Natural Resource Police, Marion County Prosecutors Office, and Marion County Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Grant Focus Area(s): Equipment; Narcotics Trafficking
The Marion County, West Virginia, Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) has a staff of 28, serving a population of over 55,000 individuals and covering approximately 400 square miles. Marion County has a large geographical area in its jurisdiction and does not have adequate staffing to patrol all regions. As in other parts of the United States, Marion County is experiencing an increase in narcotics-related offenses.
To counteract vehicle-related narcotics crimes and enhance violent crime investigations, the MCSD intends to fund automated license plate readers (ALPRs) for installation throughout the county. The ALPRs will enhance investigations for a variety of case types, including narcotics-related offenses and missing persons. Ultimately, the ALPRs will be shared with the municipal police departments in Marion County, West Virginia State Police, Fairmont State University, West Virginia Natural Resources Police, Marion County Prosecutors Office, Marion County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and unincorporated areas of the county for sustainability and intelligence-sharing. Marion County plans for the ALPR strategy to help reduce violent crime, enhance investigations, and be used as a model for other law enforcement agencies that encounter similar issues.