- Aug 25
MPD Donates Cruiser to James Rumsey
On Thursday, August 24, 2017, members of the Martinsburg Police Department met with students and leadership from the James Rumsey Technical Institute and presented them with a decommissioned police cruiser that has been donated to their Law and Public Safety (Criminal Justice) Program by the City of Martinsburg. The vehicle is a 2009 Chevrolet Impala, still equipped with emergency lights and siren.
This donation was approved by the Martinsburg City Council and came at the request of Mr. John Vanorsdale, the instructor of said class. The vehicle will be used to better help instruct the students on the use and functionality of police patrol vehicles in law enforcement. Mr. Vanorsdale along with the Director of JRTI, Ms. Donna Van Metre, expressed their sincere appreciation for the continued support of the class and their students shown by the Martinsburg Police Department, Martinsburg City Council, and the Berkeley County Prosecutor’s Office.
Chief Maury Richards and Deputy Chief Swartwood were very excited to be able to partner with James Rumsey and invest in the next generation of law enforcement leaders. “The James Rumsey Criminal Justice Program is a fantastic asset to our community. MPD is proud to be a part of it,” Chief Richards stated. Deputy Chief Swartwood exclaimed, “This is just another exciting way that our police department can give back to our community while being a part of this James Rumsey Criminal Justice Program and helping to better the education of our youth.”
Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Catie Wilkes-Delligatti was also present for the donation of the vehicle and added, “Thank you so much for including me in this event. I am honored to be a part of the JRTI CRAFT Committee. Many thanks to the Martinsburg Police Department and the City of Martinsburg for supporting the hands-on learning of criminal justice students at James Rumsey.”