West Virginia State Police have changed their minds about not taking after hours calls from Calhoun Control. Unofficial sources say the State Police have rescinded their earlier policy, which was given to Calhoun's 911 Center earlier this month. Reportedly, they will now respond to all calls.

The earlier policy, which was published verbatim in The Hur Herald (May 11), said in part "We cannot take night calls from Calhoun Control. Please do not call my officers direct or South Charleston for night calls." The memo was from detachment commander Sgt. John Bonazzo. Bonazzo said he was having problems with lack of manpower and scheduling.

State Police Sgts. David Garrett and John Bonazzo declined numerous requests for public information regarding police coverage in Calhoun County, indicating such information was meant to be confidential.

Calhoun County Sheriff Allen Parsons was unaware of the cutbacks, learning about them from Calhoun Control. Parsons responded by saying his department would continue to be responsive to late night calls, despite changes made by the State Police.

EDITORS NOTE: The Hur Herald advocates for public disclosure and believes the citizens of Calhoun County have a right to know about police coverage problems.

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