In 1894, the City Council for St. Albans created the position of "Town Sergeant". Thus began a dedicated law enforcement presence for the City of St. Albans. Growing steadily over the years, St. Albans Police Department is currently at an authorized strength of 24 officers. SAPD serves an area of 3.6 square miles and a population of about 11,000 people. For more information on the City, go to: City Data for St. Albans
Special duties within the Department consists of Drug Investigations, Detective, School Resource Officer, Special Enforcement Unit, and Bike Patrol. Drug investigations within the area is the responsibility of the Metro Drug Enforcement Network Team. This task force is federally funded unit is also staffed by officers from Charleston PD, South Charleston PD, Dunbar PD, Nitro PD, Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, and the Putnam County Sheriff's Department. Our detective is assigned to the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation. He is joined by detectives from the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department and Nitro Police Department. This detective is also a Polygraph Operator. SAPD also assigns a full-time school resource officer at St. Albans High School. In addition to the high school, this officer assists other schools within the City with police related issues to help provide a safe school environment. The newly formed Special Enforcement Unit will be a full time group of officer that will address neighborhood problems like street level drug dealing, traffic issues, specific area crime concerns, and assist road patrol & our MDENT & KBI partners with investigations. Bike Patrol is an as-needed duty and part-time that will help patrol an area on a more accessible basis. Bike Patrol officers will also lend great assistance during special events.
The rest of the officers of SAPD are assigned to patrol and/or administrative duties. Like all officers within the State of WV, they are certified by the State's Law Enforcement and Professional Standards Program. All are graduates from the WV State Police Academy as mandated.