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The patrol officer is the first point of contact for citizens who are in distress or need assistance and must be always courteous and professional. The patrol officer is expected to maintain positive community relations through communication and interaction with citizens, businesses, and members of the community, and must be service-oriented.


The patrol function is the most important and primary function that the Morgantown Police Department offers to the citizens it serves. Every entry-level officer begins his or her career as a patrol officer. The patrol officer responds to and initiates calls for service received through a 911 dispatch center. The patrol officer conducts security checks and house watches in neighborhoods and businesses, completes reports, conducts preliminary investigations, enforces traffic laws, and investigates motor vehicle accidents. The patrol officer also serves warrants and protective orders and makes arrests.


  • Hazardous Duty Pay
  • Down Payment Assistance
  • Pension Plan
  • Uniform Provided & Equipment Tuition Reimbursement
  • Shift Differential
  • Health/Life Insurance
  • Longevity Pay
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (optional)
  • Paid Time Off

Career Paths

Portrait of Austin Bittner

Officer Spotlight

Austin Bittner


I became a police officer because I am an extrovert and I love helping people everyday. I like to interact with the college students that attend WVU while I'm working. Police officers are mainly the ones who come to you when you are in need...