George B. Swartwood has been a member of the Martinsburg Police Department for more than 36 years. He has successfully progressed through the ranks of Patrolman, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Detective Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief, and now as MPD's Chief of Police.
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.
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."
Erin Gibbons has been a Martinsburg City police officer for over 14 years. In that time, he has been recognized by administration for providing exceptional community service, taken over the grant writing and management system, gained the position as a supervisor and has acquired the working knowledge of computer and software programs necessary for collecting and maintaining data. He has also received the Officer of the month award twice, once in October of 2016 and March of 2019.
Gibbons has demonstrated his ability in promoting public trust by being a part of or organizing police and community functions or events and has received several awards and letters from members of the community in response to his handling of sensitive cases.
Years of Service: 16
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 liaison
Years of Service: 19
Education: Regents Bachelor of Arts (R.B.A.); Marshall University
Training Highlights: West Virginia State Police Basic Academy, Airman Leadership School, Non-Commissioned Officers Leadership Course, Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Leadership Course
Significant Accomplishments: Shift Commander, Crime Prevention Liaison, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Field Training Officer, and Co-Coordinator for the Citizens’ Police Academy. Lt. Darby is also an Iraq veteran and serves as Operations Superintendent for the West Virginia Air National Guard, 167th Security Forces Squadron.
Years of Service: 14
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice, minor in Psychology; Shephard University
Training Highlights: West Virginia State Police Basic Academy, FLETC Maritime Enforcement School
Significant Accomplishments: Special Response Team Commander, Defensive Tactics Instructor, ASP Baton Instructor, Field Training Officer, Member of the United States Coast Guard Reserve serving as a Maritime Enforcement Specialist 2nd Class