West Virginia State Police in Calhoun County will not take routine after
hours or night calls, according to a memo from Sgt. John Bonazzo of the
Grantsville Detachment. Bonazzo says the department is shorthanded
because Trooper Ellyson has been transferred to Clay County and other
situations with his officers, including training, time-off and vacation.|
He suggests when no local units are available, "then Clay County or Roane
County will probably have to take the call."
"Legally and technically I cannot make a trooper be on-call during his time
off," he said.
Sgt. Bonazzo advised Calhoun Control-911 of the new policy last night.
Sheriff Allen Parsons learned about the policy change from Calhoun Control.
"We're stretched covering the county now," he said. "I'll do my job,
regardless of what the State Police do," although he said it gets very
The memo says "We cannot take night calls from Calhoun Control. Please do
not call my officers direct or South Charleston for night calls. Each
independent department (referring to the Calhoun Sheriff's Department)
should be answering their own after hours calls."
Here is the text of Sgt. Bonazzo's memo:
To: Calhoun Control Dispatchers
From: Sgt. Bonazzo
With the transfer of TFC Ellyson, our detachment is shorthanded. This combined with the fact my officers must attend state
police schools such as in-service and SRT training etc., vacations, CDO's etc., makes our man power situation even worse,
We must adopt the following policy in regards to calls after hours.
The state police will take calls after hours that come in through the state police dispatch center. We cannot take night calls for
Calhoun Control. Please do not call my officers direct or South Charleston for night calls. Each independent department should
be answering their own after hours calls.
If the call is a 911 emergency by all means my officers should be contacted, but routine night calls such as accidents, public
intoxication etc. should be handled by each respective department.
If you receive a state police schedule and it has an officer listed as on-call, this is for emergency situations only. The officer
on-call is not to answer any routine calls. If you have a call and the schedule says an officer is on-call, we do not have
anybody. If there are no local units available then Clay County or Roane County will probably have to take the call. Legally
and technically I cannot make a trooper be on-call during his time off.
Most Troopers assigned to Calhoun County in recent years have lived out of
the county. Several years ago the department threatened to take the
detachment out of Grantsville.