Hancock County Sheriff's Department

  • Agency: Hancock County Sheriff's Department
  • Address: 102 N Court, New Cumberland, 26047 WV
  • Chief:
Phone: 304-564-3911

Hancock County Sheriff's Department is located at 102 N Court, New Cumberland, 26047 WV. The Hancock County Sheriff's Department phone number is 304-564-3911.

Hancock County Sheriff's Department News

Thank you to all who called with any information to help find Mr. Triplett!

Please if you have any whereabouts or information that may help, contact Hancock County Dispatch.

HANCOCK COUNTY SHERIFF SETS TRICK OR TREATING HOURS FOR UNINCORPORATED AREAS Hancock Co, WV – Trick or Treating hours in the unincorporated areas of Hancock County are set for 6p.m. to 8 p. m. on October 31. Additionally, times for trick or treating for other local municipalities are as follows: - Weirton: 6PM – 8PM, October 31 - New Cumberland: 4:30PM – 6:30PM, October 31 - Unincorporated Areas: 6PM – 8 PM, October 31 - Chester: 6PM – 7:30PM, October 31 With Halloween right around the corner, the Hancock County Sheriff‘s Office will once again be utilizing the X-Ray machine in the county courthouse to scan for potentially harmful items children may unknowingly collect while Trick or Treating . The machine is located in the lobby of the Hancock County courthouse. An employee of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office will be operating the machine from the hours of 7p.m. to 10p.m. Halloween night. Sheriff Ralph Fletcher stated, “We had a good response last year from parents who brought their children in to scan the candy collected during their Trick or Treat outing.” Fletcher said when most parents think of Halloween safety they typically investigate the candy their children collect to make sure there is no unwrapped candy or potentially hazardous items. However, he added, statistics show the leading cause of Halloween injuries are falls, noting children are more likely to be struck and injured by a car than any other night of the year. Halloween is a thrilling time for children and adults, but with the distraction of candy and costumes safety rules can be easily forgotten Fletcher added. Fletcher said to ensure a safer celebration of Halloween, parents and caregivers should have children under the age of 12 go with adult supervision. He said if kids are mature enough to be out without adult supervision, they should only go to familiar areas that are well-lit and trick or treat in groups. Costumes can be both creative and safe by decorating them with reflective tape and light colors. Additionally using make-up instead of masks is an easy method to ensure safety. Fletcher also cautioned motorists to be more aware of children on Halloween. “Children are excited for Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Be sure to take extra time to look for kids at intersections, and on medians and curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully and concentrate on the road and your surroundings” he said.

Project Lifesaver is a wonderful program that the Hancock County Sheriff's Office has been fortunate to have since 2014. If you or someone you know would like more information on this please contact the Sheriff's Office or Roger Stewart @ 304-914-0827

The weather might not be much to smile about, but PRO Woofter brought lots of smiles to St. Paul's Preschool class today.

September 24, 2018 Thin Blue Line Lodge 100 FOPA donates $1,000.00 for K-9 Unit NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive support from the community as the Thin Blue Line Lodge makes a $1,000.00 donation toward the K9 Unit. Beth Fairbanks, Treasurer of the Martins Ferry Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary, said that she and the other members discussed about a contribution to our K9 Unit once they had heard about the passing of K9 Midas and wanted to do something. They met with DFC Hoder and Deputy Alkire on Friday evening to present the check at the courthouse. Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said it is refreshing to see organizations and individuals from the community doing so much to support the department. “Our priority is keeping Hancock County safe and this donation, among others, will help us further that goal,” he said. “This helps us help the community and we’re grateful for the generosity we’ve received.” Fletcher said this generous donation will be another step toward making the purchase of K9 along with preventative resources for the K9 Unit. Pictured: DFC Patrick Hoder K9 Handler Herb Klotz – President Bill Fairbanks – Secretary Beth Fairbanks – Treasurer Liz Miller – Trustee Butch Miller – Trustee Kristy Bellville – Trustee Louis Fairbanks – Member Earl Foltz – Member Chuck Bellville – Member Quentin Poole “Q” - Member

ATV CRASH SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL [NEW CUMBERLAND, WV-September 17, 2018] On Saturday, September 15, 2018 at approximately 6:45 pm, the Hancock County 911 Center received reports of a ATV crash on Lyons Road just outside of Weirton. Reports indicated that an ATV had crashed into a pole and two people were unresponsive with live power lines down nearby. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputies as well as personnel from Oakland Fire Department and Hancock County Ambulance Service responded to the scene to find emergency care being provided to both patients by bystanders who happened to be nurses. Both the male driver and the female passenger were transported by Hancock County Ambulance Service to Weirton Medical Center, from where they were subsequently flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. Preliminary investigation by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office indicates that the driver of the side-by-side vehicle was unable to negotiate a left curve in the roadway, causing the vehicle to begin sliding sideways. The passenger side of the vehicle struck the utility pole, shearing it and bringing the lines down. Speed is believed to have been a significant contributing factor in the crash. As of the time of this release, both patients were still in surgery and reported to be in critical condition. ###

The current power outage is expected to last 12pm and 6pm tomorrow. Please make preparations accordingly if you have an emergency dial 911

Open letter to the citizens of Hancock County It is with great regret and sadness that I inform and announce the passing of K-9 Midas of the Hancock County Canine Unit. A series of unforeseen events led to this tragedy. K-9 Midas was in his vehicle kennel when the air conditioning unit of the cruiser malfunctioned and failed to continue to operate. Our K-9 vehicles are installed with safety equipment windows which are designed to drop the two back windows, activate a window fan and sound an alarm when the temperature reaches a particular level. Unfortunately, this equipment failed also. Once it was discovered the equipment had all failed, immediate steps were taken to assist the distressed canine. Midas’s temperature was attempted to be lowered by packing him with ice at which time he was immediately transported to the Town and County Animal Hospital in Wheeling, WV. Wheeling Police Department was notified of the emergency transport and stopped out units at the city limits where more ice was applied to the lethargic canine. The veterinarian, along with staff, took over and Midas started responding within a short time. Throughout the day, positive updates on Midas’ health continued to be passed on from the clinic to the handler. Due to his initial recovery and his increased mobility, the clinic became concerned. Midas was sedated in order to give him rest. However, Midas managed to pull his catheter out, and it believed that this action may have caused a blood clot to be dislodged with a seizure following it’s passing, at which time he immediately expired. Midas will not only be missed by his handler Deputy Patrick Hoder, but by the entire Hoder household as the K-9 had endeared himself as a member of the Hoder family. Deputy Hoder is a high respected 15 year member of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and has served as a K-9 handler for the past 11 years. Midas was four years old.

The Hancock County Sheriff's Office hosted a three day "Lone Officer First Responder" class. Mr. Hanan Yadin, President and CEO of Instinctive Shooting Int'l, LLC out of Houston, TX is facilitating this training. He has received his credentials from the Israeli government in active shooting and survival tactics while working for the government. Those in attendance are all PROs assigned to every school in Hancock County. They trained in New Manchester Elementary in New Manchester, WV. In addition, these officers continued their training with live fire at the Hancock County Sheriff's shooting range. Sheriff Fletcher stated "We have long realized the need to protect our children while they are in what we perceive to be a safe space. Unfortunately, in the world in which we live in today, that notion of safe place has been challenged. That is why we have placed such a high emphasis on training our school resource officers". Chief Art Watson added "In addition to the training by the state, we have sought additional training such as the "Alice Training", where our PROs are instructors and have presented methods & assessments of their schools to make them more secure and resistant to an active shooter". Sheriff Fletcher further stated that "With the Lone Officer First Responder" training delivered this week, we are providing the school resource officers with the tools, tactics, and confidence to preform their duties in protecting our most valuable assets; our children and the faculty of our schools".

What could be better than getting to throw a pie in someone's face? When the person receiving the pie is your schools resource officer and your dad! PRO Hissam of Oak Glen Middle got to participate in some of the schools end of year activities before summer break. His son looks like he might have enjoyed it a little too much! Thanks for taking one (or a few) for the team PRO Hissam!

The school year is coming to an end and our PRO's Jeter and Raines decided to join in on the fun at Weirton Elementary School's field day.

PRO Raines along with Sgt. Cline, DFC Hoder, and DFC Tate along with their K-9's did a sweep of the JDR Career Center today. Dan Enich, Director of Secondary, Adult, & Career Education and Gordon Anderson, Coordinator of Vocational Services were both on hand. This is a great wayl for all officers and K-9's to get familiar with the centers layout.

"Fingerprints are used for a lot of different things: background checks, employment, gun checks and stuff like that. This will give us a system that's more up to date and efficient," Watson said.

Our PRO's have been busy this week! PRO Cunningham with help from new PRO Raines taught DUI class at Oak Glen High School Wednesday. Some pics from the class outside. The fatal vision googles were in Mr. McGillians Health Classes. Remember don't drink and drive!

PRO Jeter of Weirton Elementary had some company today from our new PRO Raines and Weirton PD. Everyone got a tour of the school and some much needed time outside and the kids got to give their best low-fives to all the officers. Thank you for sharing and for keeping all of our schools safe in the county!

We have received a few phone calls and office visits about people getting phone calls pertaining to their social security. These scammers are claiming to be with the Social Security Administration and that there is activity involving your social security number in a different state. They are then asking you for your social security number..... DO NOT GIVE YOUR NUMBER OR ANY OTHER NUMBERS. Again if you don't recognize a number calling your best bet is to not answer and if you do, please do not give out any of your personal information. Scammers will find anyway to get your information. If at any point you don't feel comfortable ask for their number to call them back at a later time and check with your local law enforcement before calling them back. Most likely they will hang up on you when you ask for their number.

We would like to welcome DEP George Douglas to the Hancock County Sheriff's Office. Douglas was sworn into the department today, which now gives the department 30 deputies. George Douglas is the son of William and Connie Douglas of Weirton. He grew up in Weirton and graduated from Weir High School in 2009. He graduated from West Liberty University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In May of 2016 he was hired with the Brooke County Sheriff’s Office and graduated from the WV Basic Police Academy at the end of 2016. George currently resides in Weirton with his girlfriend Alayne. Chief Art Watson stated that “The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is extremely happy to welcome George Douglas into the department. We believe he has a lot to offer the citizens of Hancock County and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and we are looking forward to a long and successful career from him”. Valerie Truax the Chief County Clerk stood in for George Foley for the swearing in of Douglas. Douglas’s 95 year old grandmother, Alice Angelo, had the honor of pinning his badge during the ceremony.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you to all of those who serve and protect us and keep our communities safe.