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: 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 liaison
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
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