The Barbour County Law Enforcement Task Force held its annual meeting recently at the Medallion Restaurant in Philippi to present its annual report and to announce new officers.

Re-elected for the year 2018 were Chief E. R. Flowers, Assistant Chief and Quartermaster S. K. Spotloe, Chaplain B. P. McLean, and Secretary/Treasurer D. A. Smith.  New ranks based on service hours completed included Lieutenant L. G. Jones, Sergeant B. P. McLean, Corporal D. A. Smith, and Patrolman 1st Class D. K. Nicholson. 

Pictured above seated from left are Philippi City Council member Barbara Bryan, Philippi Chief of Police J. W. Walters, and Task Force Chief E. R. Flowers.  Standing, from left, are Corporal D. A. Smith, Assistant Chief S. K. Spotloe, City Patrolman 1st Class C. E. Keller, and Lieutenant L. G. Jones.  Not pictured are Sergeant B. P. McLean and Patrolman 1st Class D. K. Nicholson. 

The Philippi Law Enforcement Task Force completed 35 assignments during 2017 with an aggregate of  104 members delivering 360 hours of volunteer service to the community for parades, school and university activities, the Blue/Gray Reunion, Barbour County fair, safety fairs, Halloween, and other family celebrations.

Men and women over 18 years of age who are interested in joining the Task Force are invited to pick up an application at Philippi Police Headquarters.  The Task Force meets monthly. Uniforms and equipment are provided.  Underwriting for uniforms and equipment comes from government and corporate grants, local businesses, and from interested individuals.