Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on December 11, 2012 @ 7:30PM
Created on December 11, 2012 @ 7:06PM
Harrison County Sheriff Albert Marano announced on Tuesday that his department will be backing out of the Harrison County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force and shift their efforts to the street crimes and drug unit.
He presented a letter to the other departments in the drugs and violent crime task force letting them know of his move. In it, he talks about his reasoning for it and how he plans to move forward.
Sheriff starts the letter by saying "...as you are well aware, I am less than pleased with the performance of the Harrison County Narcotics and Violent Crime Task Force. He goes on to say that the department "... withdraws its membership and concurring jurisdiction from the task force."
The department was involved with the task force since its inception and sheriff said "therefore he regrets making this decision." He said his decision "comes after several years of disappointment in their day to day operations together with its failure to cooperate with various other law enforcement entities."
He said he feels the citizens of the county can be better served through this withdrawal and he promises to continue to fight drugs by assigning extra manpower to the SCAD unit.
After hearing the news, Bridgeport Police Chief John Walker said he respects Sheriff Marano's decision and believes that sheriff finds it to be the best decision for his department.
Chief Walker did say that the task force has overcame every obstacle in their way and they're considered one of the strongest task forces in our state. He said he's very proud of their work and believes this move won't hinder their efforts to do the same in the future.
Clarksburg Police Chief Marshall Goff said he also supports Sheriff Marano and his efforts. He said the Clarksburg Police Department is fully dedicated to fighting drugs in Clarksburg and they'll continue to do that.
Clarksburg is also part of the Street Crimes and Drug Unit. Chief Goff said they'll be taking a step back to see what the future holds.
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