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Chief: More Cruisers Needed

Voters’ repeal of the two-officer mandate requires new cars

January 2, 2013

WHEELING — Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger will ask City Council to add four additional cruisers to his fleet — a direct result of the November election overturning a law that required him to assign......

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Jan-02-13 1:35 AM

NR: It would be nice if the article would tell us how many vehicles are currently in the fleet. Also, where do the city police and county sheriffs departments plan to park their extra vehicles once the new development at the old King Chevrolet is complete?

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Jan-02-13 6:26 AM

why don't the cop cars last very long?at the prices they cost you should get ten car is pushing 20 years old and it's been beat on by just about every family member.take just a little bit of care of them and they'll take care of you.drivers are responsible.and curb jumping isn't recommended with any dot vehicle.if the city has money for all the demolition jobs funnel some off for the chief to purchase these new cars.just take care of them.accountability.

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Jan-02-13 8:39 AM

Cars are an expensive part of moving from two to one man zones. Any sick day, vacation, training day or court means that the next zones are now larger for those one man cars, and any car in for service means there must be a lot of cars in the stable. One man, take home cars work in terms of service last years longer than a car rotating through three shifts, seven days a week. How many cars are there now? A fair question not answered by the article. Wonder what size the fleet must be to make this work? 50? More? And where do you park those cars whenever people are in the building for meetings/training/court? Another good question not answered by the article. What do we do if this doesn't work? If officers are being injured at an alarming rate? Go back? Probably not. People accepted the idea that the cops do not know what is needed on the street to meet the job, and that politicians and arm chair cop experts do know? Wonder which one was right?

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Jan-02-13 8:49 AM

There is an old adage the people who voted to take the 2nd police officer out of the crusisers should have paid heed to: Be careful of what you ask for as you may get it!

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Jan-02-13 9:00 AM

Absolutely UN-necessary! Our small city already has too many police, too many vehicles - what about that monstrosity that mostly idle except for parades? Waste of money. How can the police force continue to grow as our population is diminished? Doesn't make sense. The officers are already bored and arresting innocent people regularly - I would love to see the stas of arrests to convictions - I'll bet less than prosecutors suckling any grant and pushing the cops to arrest arrest arrest! more vehicles. Downsize the police force! This is getting way out of hand. The city should be directing it's resources in positive growth, not police state.

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Jan-02-13 9:53 AM

Where did all those cute little 3-wheeled thingys go? Now THAT’S what we need. More of those. Because they make that ride to the station so much fun. WHEEEEEE!

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Jan-02-13 11:23 AM

WWUthinking....I completely agree. The way too close following of police vehicles to innocent citizens has got to stop. Also...the run to NRJ is very dangerous. I see Wheeling police vehicles flying down Rt. 2 transporting their mostly-innocent arrestees quite often. Way too fast. The local police have forgotten their main protect and service the citizens...not to harass, intimidate, falsly arrest/detain, or overstep their power in all of society. I respect police and their work...but Wheeling seems to be going over the edge on power trips and false arrests.

Citizens of Wheeling, WV - live free..we are not a police state.

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Jan-02-13 1:47 PM

WWUTHINKING, No diagreeing with more of your police bashing as usual.

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Jan-02-13 1:49 PM

You city folk voted for this, don't complain when the city asks for more cars to do the same job. Doesn't effect my rural Ohio County self.

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Jan-02-13 2:15 PM

How about the police cars parked outside schools. and not being used. I say CARS, because at times there 2 & 3. This city reminds me of the Fed Gov. Spend-Spend-Spend. No accountability.

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Jan-02-13 2:23 PM

So what exactly do you think they should do with all the officers now that there is only 1 per car, fire them? More jobs lost. That would really help our economy. Then people would be crying that there isn't enough police presence in Wheeling.

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Jan-02-13 2:51 PM

WWUTHINKING, if it were up to you there wouldn't be any police in wheeling. They can't seem to do anything right in your book.

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Jan-02-13 3:35 PM

If you couldn't tell by now I have the utmost respect for all police officers, city, state wherever. They have one of the most thankless but most dangerous jobs of anyone. Yes there are a few bad apples out there, but there are more upstanding officers then there are bad ones. Iam sure you have heard the saying "One bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch"

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Jan-02-13 5:18 PM

LoraAA-yes, eliminate jobs. Get rid of the bad apples. Are we the tax payers suppose to pay for unnecessary employment? Which one are you in bed with?

One bad apple eh? How bout one bad potato. Did you ever discover that one little rotten potato in that ten pound plastic bag? It reaks and slimes on the rest of the bag. Yep, one bad tater ruins it for all the other spuds.

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Jan-02-13 7:35 PM

He said he has enough cruisers but wants extra. I watch the show Alaska state police they are one to a car and have much more to police. Warwood use to be pretty quiet but the more rental property there is the more trouble we have. And there are a few wheeling police who have that john Wayne syndrome I don't no his name but the one black cop thinks he is shaft.

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Jan-02-13 7:57 PM

Do you mean the Richard Roundtree Shaft or the Samuel L. Jackson Shaft?

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Jan-02-13 8:35 PM

Another police state and government out of control

Ratcheting up the police state and expanding their oppression over the people

They don't need license plate recognition software and cameras for their illegal fishing expeditions all they need is a 38 special and a plain 4 door sedan! 87 officers is REDICULOUS for a dried up little podunk village like Wheeling!

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Jan-02-13 8:41 PM

I only run into Columbo and Dick Tracy-investigation team.

In all honesty, I went through a dui checkpoint a few weeks ago and the officers were very polite. Just doing their job. Seems like a waste of their time though.

Seriously, if they want more cars, why not get in on a piece of the action with the feds that take the drug dealers cars. Dont they have an Escalade from a deal? Maybe thats sheriff?

I have heard they do a lot of profiling here. Seems like they like out of staters.

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Jan-02-13 10:16 PM

An officer told me that wpd answered over 50k calls in 2012. That's a lot for a little Podunk town, as some put it. I think the pd is busier than anyone imagines.

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Jan-02-13 11:27 PM

An officer told me that its ok to take a nap in the cemetary or along the road-long as you dont get caught.

I remember a time when a steelworker friend who worked midnight bragged about sleeping have the night.

I guess all good gigs come to an end. Theres no room in our economy for dead weight-anywhere, not just with cops. If they need to cut back, they can find jobs elsewhere. Plants and hospitals have laid off workers. No profession is exempt.

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Jan-02-13 11:42 PM

I see there were 2 arrests in ohio county in the past 24 hrs. Im sure there were some other calls. They should publish ALL calls on their website like some other cities. It would help others understand how busy they are.

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Jan-03-13 5:49 AM

wheeling has 87 cops?better buy them some dirtbikes for the curb jumpers.the all wheel drive cars will cost a lot more to fix if you practice this.cops need to take personal responsibility for the cars they are tear it up you fix it.there was a thing in the military called "abuse of a government vehicle".if you did this you would be thrown in the brig.we knew better.

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Jan-03-13 9:27 AM

@Bloomin No iam not sleeping with any of the police. That is an ignorant comment. My brother is a Wv State trooper and i know several Wheeling Police officers (past and present) that are fine upstanding man and women who would do anything to help someone in need! You can't judge them all because of a few bad apples.

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Jan-03-13 1:39 PM

WWUTHINKING, Iam confused. Who would have killed the police officer and his family? The FBI agents??

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Jan-03-13 10:58 PM

No more care start with a walking on a beat and taking turns riding around in a car. Also, the bike is good for the health for any one over weight. Stop with the big city spending since Wheeling is just a little city. No need for all the frills like big cities have on TV.

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