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Release Date: June 6, 2018
Chief Robbie Hilliard
Clarksburg Police Department
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Sheriff Robert Matheny
Harrison County Sheriff Department
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Clarksburg Police Department & Harrison County Sheriff’s Department
Launch New Task Force
Clarksburg, WV – The Clarksburg Police Department along with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department announces the formation of the Community Action Team, known as the C.A.T. Unit. This unit will focus on problems that arise in various communities of Clarksburg and Harrison County.
A Community Action Team is a group of specialized, highly trained officers that utilize community oriented policing methods to solve law enforcement problems that arise.
The Clarksburg – Harrison C.A.T. Unit’s mission will be to develop long term solutions for the areas of the city and county with specific problems and develop strategies for ridding areas of drug dealers and other criminals. The C.A.T unit will be a high-visibility unit to saturate locations experiencing illicit activities.
Harrison County Sheriff Robert Matheny stated, “I am encouraged to partner with the City of Clarksburg once more. This is an additional boots-on-the-ground approach to combat the drug epidemic in North Central West Virginia.”
At its heart, community-oriented policing is a philosophy under which enforcement, prevention, problem solving, and community involvement are used simultaneously to attack crime and its root causes. Because community-oriented policing requires a proactive approach to be successful, the police and community must work together as partners in identifying and addressing issues and problems.
Clarksburg Police Chief Robbie Hilliard expressed, “The C.A.T. unit was developed to address various issues being faced and will focus on the illicit activities and homeless/transient population. It's my hope that along with patrol officers and the C.A.T. unit it will help in mitigating criminal activities and quality of life issues. I am optimistic this will build relationships in the community that will improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”
City Manager Martin Howe stated, “The C.A.T. shift will have the ability to focus on several issues that we have been experiencing within our community by focusing on specific details and not being in the 911 call rotation.” Howe closed, “As we continue to add officers, we will have the ability to increase the C.A.T. shift to focus on quick results that will benefit the overall community.”
About City of Clarksburg
The City of Clarksburg is located in north central West Virginia, Clarksburg (est. pop 17,000) and is the County Seat for Harrison County (est. pop 68,652). Clarksburg is located at the intersection of two heavily traveled highways and the second busiest interchanges in the state, Interstate 79 and U.S. Route 50. Clarksburg enjoys the amenities of the largest city in the region with the advantages of a small hometown community. A rich mix of retail, industry, and government services, with a thriving business community exist, along with an abundance of recreational facilities and one of the best preserved historic downtowns in the state.
For additional information about the City of Clarksburg, visit the website at: cityofclarksburgwv.com or follow us on Facebook at City of Clarksburg, City Hall.