Coronavirus message from Fairmont PD
We have been monitoring the emergence of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We realize that there are many directives coming from the Federal, State, and local level that have impacted our everyday lives. We come into contact with countless people in our community on any given day which carries risk for ourselves and the community. We have made decisions to limit our exposure to the virus, reduce the chance of spread of the virus, and to still maintain police services. We have implemented plans and gathered resources that will allow us to continue police operations.
To reduce unneeded contact, we are asking people needing services to assist us by taking these steps:
- Always dial 911 if you need immediate emergency assistance from Police, EMS, or Fire.
- If you need to report a non-emergency incident, please call Marion County Dispatchers at 304-366-4200 or 366-4201. They can ensure that you are routed to the correct officer or office that can assist you in the matter. An officer can also be directed to contact you by phone to determine if a physical response is required for your report.
- Please call before coming to the police station. Again, we can be reached at our non-emergency numbers 304-366-4200 and 4201. Many instances of people coming to the police station concern matters to get advice or regarding a civil matter. Those types of complaints can be handled by phone. You won’t even have to worry about getting out of your pajamas or fixing your hair.
- There is a phone outside the police station that will contact the Marion County Dispatch center, which can be used to summon an officer without having to come into the Public Safety Building.
- We will not be performing civil fingerprints of the general public.
Ensure you are getting official information about the coronavirus from WV’s official website: www.coronavirus.wv.gov
We will continue to maintain visible patrols.
We will still immediately respond to crimes in progress and crimes needing emergency response.
We will continue to coordinate with other agencies, most importantly our Marion County Dept of Homeland Security, to ensure emergency services continue.
Please don’t be offended if we maintain social distancing during normally cordial interactions. We are simply trying to use recommended guidelines in these times.
We will be putting out additional information later this weekend on how you can take care of additional police matters online or by email.
Let’s be able to look back on this, that we all handled this event with grace and composure. Let’s take care of each other!
Police Officer Civil Service Examination
Once applications are submitted to the City Clerk’s Office, the applicant will have to take the Police Officer Civil Service Examination which is a two-hour exam that deals with basic knowledge of:
- Ability to follow directions
- Ability to observe and remember details
- Ability to problem solve and use logic
- Ability to use situational judgment
- Reading comprehension
The successful applicants that pass the written exam will then have to complete and pass a physical examination whereas each applicant must do:
- 28 sit-ups in one minute
- 18 push-ups in one minute
- Run 1.5 miles in 14 minutes and 36 seconds or less
Once an applicant passes the written examination and physical agility, he or she will then be ranked by their test score on a list of applicants eligible to be hired as a Probationary Police Officer
Obtain an Application & Further Information
To obtain an application, or for additional information, please contact the Fairmont City Clerk’s Office at 304-366-6212, ext. 329 or email the City Clerk.
The benefit package for a new hire Police Officer has a starting salary of $39,407 with a salary of $44,585 after one year probation.
Each Officer will earn 2 weeks vacation after the first year; 12 to 14 paid holidays per year; and 6 personal days per year after the completion of the probationary period. Each Officer is offered PEIA health Insurance.
The City of Fairmont offers a $5,000 additional monetary incentive for Certified WV Officers.
Fairmont Police Department
The Fairmont Police Department is a 24-hour a day/7 days a week operating department.
The department consists of 39 sworn officer positions and 7 civilian support staff. All officers receive law enforcement certification through the West Virginia State Police Academy and go through a 16 week Field Training Officer Program.
The department answers a wide variety of calls for service, from parking complaints and barking dogs to domestic violence and homicide. We dedicate ourselves to work in partnership with the community to fight crime, reduce fear and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.