By Kristin Ledford
August 6, 2012
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. – Two new police officers joined the force in St. Albans.
Mayor Dick Callaway swore in the officers before city council at a meeting Monday. The men will attend the State Police academy in September before joining the department.
Council members also approved a contract Monday with Leads Online. The service will allow police officers to log in and search for stolen property and track down criminals.
"The return on this will be a lot of our citizens will get a lot of their property back," Captain James Agee said.
The service costs about $1,750 a year, but Agee said the return on investment will be about 20 times that.
Council members also voted Monday on two measures that update the rules and regulations of the fire department.
The first update dealt with the digital imagery policy. On-duty firefighters will no longer be allowed to distribute images of staff, equipment, buildings or emergency scenes without the chief's approval.
The second update was for the social media policy. It defines who the official spokesperson for the department is and what department information can be discussed.
After passing the two updates, Councilman John Boles made a motion that the policies be reviewed by the personnel committee and be tweaked to apply to all city employees. The motion passed.
Callaway also read a proclamation honoring the St. Albans All Stars, who won the West Virginia District 3 championship. The "coach pitch" softball team consists of 7- and 8-year-olds.