Former Wheeling Police Officer John Wroten Hired As Crime Analyst

WHEELING — It won’t take long for the Wheeling Police Department’s new crime analyst to get accustomed to his surroundings.

After all, John Wroten — announced Tuesday as the city’s pick to fill the new position — spent 21 years with the department before retiring with the rank of sergeant. He also spent three years working as a civilian intake coordinator.

Wroten began his duties Monday. His primary roles will be to prepare crime reports and analyze patterns to assist investigators, as well as communicate with other law enforcement agencies and the public about crime trends.

“I am looking forward to it. It’s a job where you get to aid the officers through the day and the community,” said Wroten, who spent six years as the Wheeling Police Department’s investigations commander. “There’s a lot of stuff that goes on with it. It’s just a support job to get the officers information that they need to do their jobs better. (I) also get that information out to the community, too, so they can take preventive action if there’s something going on in their neighborhood.”

The position requires that Wroten act as a liaison between the police department and the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center, which helps track crime data on a statewide level.

“There’s a lot of different things that we are going to do. We’re going to try and get some software where we can get information out to the community so they can go online and find statistics in their neighborhood. We don’t have that in place yet, but that is something we are looking forward to,” Wroten said.

Including his time as a Wheeling police officer, Wroten has about 30 years’ experience in the public safety field. From 2007 to 2011, he worked at Bethany College as the director of security and safety. Wroten earned his bachelor’s degree from West Liberty University and later obtained a master’s degree in science strategic leadership from Mountain State University in Beckley.

Wroten also served as a volunteer firefighter for the village of Smithfield.

“I’ve spent my entire life working in law enforcement and I think it’s a very noble profession. I’m just looking forward to being able to aid these young officers coming up and help them do their jobs,” Wroten said.

Hiring a crime analyst has been a priority for Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger since he came to Wheeling in 2012. City council included the position in its 2017-18 budget, allocating $36,000 for salary and benefits. The search process began in early October, with six finalists interviewed in late November.

“With a background in policing and his education, combined with his outstanding professionalism, John is an excellent fit for this brand-new position and I am very pleased that he is joining us in this capacity,” Schwertfeger said in a statement.