- Jan 05
Swartwood Named Deputy Chief of Police
On Monday, January 4th, 2016, former Detective Captain George Swartwood assumed his new role of Deputy Chief of Police for the Martinsburg Police Department. Deputy Chief Swartwood is a 31-year veteran of the department and began his work with the department as a Patrolman in 1984. Since then, he has built a highly respected set of skills and accomplishments as a law enforcement officer.
In his new role Deputy Chief Swartwood will serve as the Department’s second in command, assisting Chief Maury Richards in developing and implementing new initiatives improving public safety and building new police-community partnerships in Martinsburg. The newly selected Deputy Chief is enthusiastic in his new position. “I’m excited” stated Deputy Chief Swartwood. ”I love Martinsburg and I love the Martinsburg Police Department. I appreciate this opportunity, the trust Chief Richards has placed in me, and look forward to continue working together.”
“George Swartwood’s remarkable history of loyalty, dedication, and service to this community and Department has been an example of professional and personal excellence” noted Chief Richards. Richards described the new Deputy Chief as “an invaluable asset to our Department” respected by community residents and fellow police officers.
“Our goal in Martinsburg is nothing less than building a world-class city and the best police department in the United States. Deputy Chief Swartwood’s experience, energy, and expertise will be instrumental in achieving that goal” said Richards.
Deputy Chief Swartwood is a graduate of the 53rd Basic Class of the West Virginia State Police Academy, and was also selected to attend the highly competitive Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in March of 1992. Over the course of his career, Swartwood has received numerous commendations, special deputations from the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service, and received the Berkeley County Crime Solvers “Outstanding Police Officer” award.