Law Enforcement Shortage

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If the United States goes to war with Iraq, West Virginia might be without the law enforcement it needs.

It could drain up to 50 troopers from the West Virginia state police, and even without war, the department is having staffing trouble. Lieutenant Colonel Howard Hill who is superintendent of the State Police is also colonel in the West Virginia National Guard.

He's concerned war would stretch the states polices existing manpower shortage to the limit.

Nine troopers are already on leave for military duty. Gov. Wise says war with Iraq would also drain manpower from correctional facilities and local fire and police departments.