CHAPMANVILLE - The Chapmanville Town Council recently approved the purchase of a cage to be installed in one of their police department's cruisers, with more likely to come in the future.
Installing cages in the town's police cruisers was an idea presented by council members during several meetings after one cruiser was destroyed in February by a man who managed to climb into the front seat and drive off with it. Cost has been the limiting factor because cages do not fit universally in modern cruisers. Each cage is specific and costs about $800 per car to install.
Councilman Tony "Psycho" Robison was the first to ask about the status of getting cages installed in the cruisers during police chief Alan Browning's monthly report. Robison suggested the council purchase one or two cages at a time for the department's eight cruisers.
Browning then suggested prioritizing the cruisers driven by officers who work night shift first. Robison then motioned to purchase one cage, and councilman Joel McNeely seconded. The rest of the council members agreed.
In other news from Chapmanville Police, the department will test for a new officer on Saturday, Sept. 21, to fill a vacancy that became open with the resignation of former officer Dylan Smith. Smith was the youngest and newest member of the force, having served in a full-time capacity since December.
In August, the CPD saw six felony arrests, eight misdemeanor arrests, nine misdemeanor citations, 61 traffic citations, one DUI, two crash investigations, eight minor criminal investigations, 14 offenses and 242 calls for service. A total of $1,250 in drugs was confiscated by the department.