The Morgantown Police Department divisions are comprised of experienced and dedicated professionals.
The administrative staff is made up of the Chief of Police, Deputy Chief of Police, Captain, Training Lieutenant, Staff Services Commander (civilian position), and an administrative assistant.
The Administrative Division of the Morgantown Police Department is under the direction of Captain Chad Reyes. Responsibilities include patrol operations, internal investigations, community outreach programs, and scheduling. Lieutenant is responsible for scheduling training and organizing department-hosted training and ensuring all officers receive the required in-service training hours. Mr. Robert Gilmore serves in the support function which handles purchasing, equipment inventory, budgeting, and grant writing.
Detective Division/Criminal Investigation Unit
The Morgantown Police Department Detective Division has the responsibility of investigating all major crimes committed within the City of Morgantown. The unit is comprised of a supervisor, eight detectives and a civilian secretary. Four detectives work general crimes, and four detectives are assigned to the drug task force. In addition to investigating crimes, the detectives spend a large portion of time conducting interviews, surveillance, search warrants and assisting other agencies with investigations.
The detectives assigned to the Mon Valley Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force work through the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration giving them federal jurisdiction. Many of the cases are long term investigations with most being prosecuted in federal court. The detective division is under the command of First Sergeant Brandon Viola.
The Operations/Patrol Division is the largest unit within the Police Department and remains committed to providing a safe and crime-free environment for the citizens of Morgantown. The officers assigned to this division have the primary responsibility of answering emergency and non-emergency calls for service, conducting preliminary investigations, and reporting all crimes occurring within the City of Morgantown. Additionally, patrol officers enforce city ordinances and state laws and investigate traffic crashes. The Patrol Division is currently split into three platoons that work eight-hour shifts: A (Day) B (Afternoon) and C (Midnight). Each shift is under the direction of a Lieutenant.
The records and dispatch division consists of nine non-sworn, civilian personnel. Five employees are assigned to dispatch which consists of receiving calls to the station, taking minor incident reports over the phone, relaying information to officers in the field, and monitoring security cameras. Four civilian personnel are assigned to the records department which enters all reports into the NIBRS system, reviews all reports submitted, provides reports to individuals and outside agencies, and stores and manages all reports taken by officers of the department. Laura Gunter supervises the dispatch and records department.
Special Services Unit
The Special Services Unit (SSU) responds to non-traditional problems and challenges faced by the City of Morgantown. Officers assigned to the SSU are responsible for Neighborhood Watch, Solid Waste Enforcement, Special Events (parades, sporting events, etc.) and the Downtown Walking Beat. The most vital task for the unit is working with other City Departments and outside agencies to solve neighborhood issues. The Special Services Unit currently consists of four officers. The SSU is under the command of First Sergeant Rob Balderson.