Grantsville State Police detachment reopens

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GRANTSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Nearly 100 people came out to celebrate the Grantsville State Police detachment's reopening in Calhoun County.

"It means everything. We're a small community. And as you know geographically, we're pretty isolated from the major cities so when a crime happens it takes a long time to respond," said Kelli Whytsell, Calhoun County's superintendent.

The detachment was one of three detachments that closed at the end of 2016 in an effort to save the West Virginia State Police $60,000. The other two in Wirt and Wetzel counties are still closed.

The hope is that this makes the community a little safer.

"The biggest factor we have to deal with in these smaller counties is the geographical response time. There's no 4 lane to take you from point a to point b and you may look at an hour response time," said 1st Sgt. O.S. Starsick.

Sgt. Starsick lives near Grantsville and says he is proud to serve this area he calls home. He'll be one of 4 troopers placed back in the detachment.

"Majority is supportive of law enforcement especially the small communities where we can get to know the people on more than just a service basis and more of a personal basis as well."

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