Maury Richards was selected as Police Chief of Martinsburg on October 28, 2015. Before becoming our Chief, Richards was a 24 year veteran with the Chicago Police Department. During his career in Chicago he served as a Tactical/Gang Lieutenant & Watch Commander in the South Chicago district, CPD’s largest, and directed a Regional Gang Task Force. Chief Richards was a leader in community policing—started the city’s first districtwide bike patrol, partnered with public school principals to end violence and gang activity in schools, and worked with many diverse communities to solve neighborhood drug and violence problems. Chief Richards believes that community policing both builds important relationships and is tough on crime.
Richards achieved his Doctorate in Education from Northern Illinois University in 2010 and has earned Master’s Degrees in both Criminal Justice and Public Administration. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police.
“For me, being a policeman is really about two things—helping people and making a difference in the community you serve. The Martinsburg Police Department is the best team I have ever worked with and our officers are second to none. I’m proud to be part of MPD and love calling Martinsburg my home.” Since moving her last year, Chief Richards has been joined by his mother, one of his sisters, and his youngest son who now are also part of the Martinsburg community.
George B. Swartwood has been a member of the Martinsburg Police Department for more than 32 years. He has successfully progressed through the ranks of Patrolman, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Detective Lieutenant, Captain, Acting Chief of Police, and now as MPD's Deputy Chief of Police.
Deputy Chief Swartwood is a graduate of the West Virginia State Police Basic Academy and a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy and many advanced training schools in criminal and drug investigations. He has performed in hundreds of criminal cases and their successful prosecution in the areas of violent crimes, property crimes, and illicit drug investigations.
Deputy Chief Swartwood is a strong believer in community policing and building partnerships with all citizens and aspects of our community. "Martinsburg, and the surrounding community, is my home. It is where I live and grew up and I am excited in my new role, providing the best police service possible to the citizenry of our community."
Years of Service: 23
Training Highlights: West Virginia State Police Basic Academy Class 88
Significant Accomplishments: Assigned as Detective for 7 years; coordinator of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force for 7 years, and Chief of Police for the Martinsburg Police Department for 5 ½ years. Currently a Captain in charge of the Investigative Division for the Martinsburg Police Department.
Years of Service: 13
Training Highlights: West Virginia State Police Basic Academy Class 121.
Education: Graduated Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a triple minor in Justice Studies, Political Science and Sociology
Significant Accomplishments: Assigned as Detective for 11 years; a member of the U.S. Marshal’s Mountain State Fugitive Task Force; member of the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force; Co-coordinator for the Citizens Police Academy; Professional Development Coordinator; Special events coordinator; Custodian of Records for Body Cameras; school affairs liason
Vision for the Martinsburg Police Department: To establish the Martinsburg Police Department as a premier agency while continually building relationships with all components in the community. The Martinsburg Police Department will become a department that other agencies model themselves after, one that is on the forefront of policy, technology, practices and all things relevant to law enforcement. The Martinsburg Police Department will work hand in hand with the community to address the issues that plague our society while establishing a safe and secure environment to live in.
Years of Service: 16
Training Highlights: Completed the 108th West Virginia State Police Basic Academy Class in December 2000
Education: I hold an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Allegany College of Maryland, graduating in December 1999.
Significant Accomplishments: Field Training Officer, Bicycle Patrol Commander, Certified Dispatcher, Shift Lieutenant, Housing Authority Liaison Officer, Officer of the Year - 2003, Medal of Valor - January 2012, Participant of the Police Unity Tour 2012 - 2016
Vision for the Martinsburg Police Department: First, we will listen to the views of the community and understand the impact it has on all residents. We will work with local residents to prevent crime and deal with issues, including through effective early intervention. Next, the law will be enforced fairly, firmly, with integrity and recognizing human rights. Finally, each officer and member of staff will be trained and equipped so that they can operate more productively and efficiently.
Years of Service: 17
Training Highlights: West Virginia State Police Basic Academy Class 104
Significant Accomplishments: Assigned to the Special Response Team for 9 years. Completed 2 Basic Swat Schools and 2 Sniper/Sharpshooter courses. Assigned as Martinsburg Police Handgun, Shotgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor. Completed FBI Basic Instructor Development Course.
Education/Experience: Graduated from Corning Community College NY with Associate degree in Criminal Justice. Served as a Correctional Officer 1991-1998. Martinsburg PD 1998-present.
Vision for the Martinsburg Police Department: To assist MPD in reaching training objectives and goals. Provide guidance and assist officers in making response-to-resistance decisions and ensure officers have the best training in dealing with dangerous/hostile situations through the use of de-escalation, use of force policy and proper firearms training. Establish a commitment to public safety including the welfare of members of the public, the officer and fellow officers with an emphasis on respect, professionalism while providing protection and sanctity of all human life. Assist entry level officers in their transition into their career as a law enforcement officer.
Years of Service: 20
Training Highlights: West Virginia State Police Basic Academy
Significant Accomplishments: SRT Commander & Instructor, Shift Commander, Member of the National Tactical Officer's Association, NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, NRA Tactical Shooting Instructor, Past member of the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, Past member of the International Homicide Investigator's Association, Past member of the International Association of Arson Investigators