WHEELING, W.Va. – The main Shawn Schwertfeger, Police Wheeling, is proud of attending Wheeling and in the north of West Virginia whether it does.
The Schwertfeger service for the area will now be extended as it is unanimously elected to attend the Executive Board of the High Dian Appalachia Drug Trafficking Area that represents law enforcement in the West Western District of West Virginia. It goes with the Attorney General of Bill Powell to the board in the presence of that area.
"I am very honored to have been selected to represent the area," Schwertfeger said. "That responsibility takes very seriously. I look forward to continuing my education as it involves drug trafficking and the entire drug problems."
The High Dian Trafficking Area Program (HIDTA) has a number of organizations around the world to tackle the drug epidemic and provide funding for task forces in the areas with boards of federal, state and federal law enforcement agencies local and prosecution offices. The HIDTA Appalachia area includes 90 counties in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. Chief Police Officer of Parkersburg Joseph Martin and US Attorney General Mike Stuart represent counties in the West Western District of West Virginia on the board.
Appalachia office HIDTA is located in London, Kentucky. Schwertfeger attended his first executive board of Appalachia HIDTA in late January in Lexington, Kentucky and said that many goals are coming.
"Look at additional ways to tackle this problem, to help the provisions, training of police officers, additional funding for enforcement, and networking operations," he said.
Schwertfeger added that network to the keyboard as he can gather more information to help his area.
"Ask what's working in your area," he said. "We do not always see what's happening in the southwest Tennessee or West Virginia. It is an opportunity to break the bread with leaders in law enforcement from these areas and to hear and talk about what is being looked at, what who works, and vice versa. "
The Northern Panhandle was not always the HIDTA Appalachia as Schwertfeger said he traveled to Washington D.C. with other local law enforcement to meet the drug crisis in that area and discuss with collective leaders from West Virginia. Through these conversations, Schwertfeger said the nomination was received by the counties of North Panhandle in the state and became entitled to Appalachia HIDTA.
Once designated and eligible for Appalachia HIDTA, the drug forces in the area get federal funding.
Schwertfeger said he has been nominated and worked on this board in a long way to tackle the drug crisis.
"As far as you are vesting there and I am," he said. "That is why I accepted this role without continuing to fund our area but to learn more about the questions that people know more than I do.
"HIDTA will give educators in a range of subjects. The more I can learn, better and efficiently I can become a law enforcement leader in the Panhandle North."
First of all, Marshall County is Schwertfeger and graduates from West Liberty University. He was a Wheeling Chief Police in 2012 after a 21-year service in Charlottesville, Virginia. Read more on its background at the Wheeling Police Department website.
The National Drugs Control Office (ONDCP) Office administers HIDTA. The Drug Misuse Act 1988, which is part of the Presidential Executive Office, was created by the ONDCP.