Jefferson County Sheriff's Department (West Virginia)

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department (JCSD) is the primary law enforcement agency servicing 50,443 (not including an influx of tourist population mainly into Harpers Ferry and Charles Town) within 209.53 square miles (542.7 km2) of jurisdiction in Jefferson County, WV.[1]


The current sheriff is Peter H. Doughtery. His Chief Executive is Jesse Jones, also a retired veteran of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

The agency consists of 20 sworn officers (including the sheriff) and four civilian aides. The JCSD is divided into two sections: Patrol and Court Services. The patrol section provides full-service 9-1-1 law enforcement response. The court services section provides security for the Jefferson County courthouse, service of all court-ordered writs, and prisoner detention and transportation.

Notable incidents[edit]

In February 2007, Corporal Ronald Fletcher was shot and critically wounded during a stand-off at the residence of the girlfriend of a suspect, Dorsey Cox. Cox had been at his girlfriend's house retrieving personal items in violation of a court-ordered protective order. As Corporal Fletcher approached the house, Cox fled inside and subsequently shot Corporal Fletcher three times, one of which struck the officer in the chest. The State Police's SRT team entered the house. Cox was later found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.[2]

On June 5, 2012, Sheriff Robert Shirley was indicted on one count of deprivation of rights under color of law and one count of destruction, falsification or alteration of a record in a federal investigation. He is alleged to have beaten Mark Daniel Haines, who later plead guilty to bank robbery, during his arrest on December 27, 2010. He is also alleged to have altered a use of force report while the incident was under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.[3] The case is ongoing.

Shirley and 14 other "John Doe" law enforcement officers are also currently the subject of a civil rights lawsuit filed by Haines.[4] The lawsuit alleges that Shirley and the other officers used excessive force while arresting Haines. The case is ongoing.

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