- Sep 22
MPD Rolls Out New Vehicles with a Fresh Look
The Martinsburg Police Department announced today the roll out of four new police cruisers with a brand-new look. The new 2016 Ford Explorers that are being added to the MPD fleet will also feature fresh and innovative Department decals and markings that are already catching people’s attention. The new design was created by MPD Patrolman Sam McGovern and the honor to take the first vehicle on the road has been awarded to Patrolman Craig Richmond, one of MPD’s two 2016 Officers of the Year.
“This is an exciting day for the Martinsburg Police Department,” stated Chief Maury Richards. “We have the latest vehicles and our new markings are outstanding. They look sharp, clean, and dynamic. I’ve never seen anything better. MPD keeps moving forward and the new image is a perfect fit. Sam McGovern did an amazing job,” added Richards.
Deputy Chief George Swartwood says that the latest changes show the progress that MPD continues to make. “The new cruisers were needed and look fantastic. I can’t say enough about Sam McGovern,” stated Swartwood. “Our officers do a great job every day. Officer Craig Richmond is a real leader and very deserving to drive the first new cruiser,” the Deputy Chief said.
Officer Richmond’s new vehicle also has the distinction of being equipped with a state-of-the-art emergency lighting system. The special lights are courtesy of a winning $10 raffle ticket purchased by Chief Richards at last year’s West Virginia Chiefs of Police Conference. “Last September I was at my first Chiefs’ conference in Parkersburg. I bought a ticket and really lucked out,” recalled Richards. “It’s an incredible system with so many unique features, you’ll have to see it to believe it! I’m glad we were able to put it to such good use,” he added. The custom lighting package was supplied and installed by West Virginia Signal & Light out of Kenna, West Virginia and is valued at approximately $8,000. MPD was able to partner with Panhandle Printing and Design, a local Martinsburg business, for the production and professional installation of the new and distinctive decals.
Patrolmen Richmond and McGovern are both proud and humble of their accomplishments and quick to share the credit. Officer McGovern, who has previously utilized his talents in creating the new websites for both the Police Department and the City, said “The new logo design was a team effort from start to finish. Chief Richards asked me if I could come with a new look and we really went to work on it. Lieutenant Scott Doyle and Corporal Jared Luciano were instrumental with the project. They were great and had some very creative ideas. It wasn’t easy, but I’m really happy with the finished product,” McGovern noted.
“If you really want to make a difference out there as a policeman, you have to be a team member,” stated Patrolman Craig Richmond. “I’m super-motivated as an individual, but sharing information, working together with my fellow officers, and earning the trust of people in the community are the keys to doing this job well,” according to Richmond. “It’s an honor to be given the opportunity to have a new cruiser like this. I’m a car guy and this vehicle is unbelievable,” said the MPD Officer of the Year. “Even the back seat was redesigned for transporting prisoners to make it safer and more secure—and I plan on filling up that back seat every day,” Richmond added.