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Raleigh County Sheriff to run for another term

BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) Raleigh County Sheriff Scott Van Meter is running for another four-year term. At the time of deadline Monday, he had no challengers as of yet but it is still early with filing season continuing until January 25.

When WVVA News first interviewed Sheriff Van Meter four years ago, he promised to add more deputies, start an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) and Violent Crimes Against Children (VCAC) task force, and take more drugs off the streets.

Those promises have been delivered. Together with State Police, the Beckley Police Department, and the drug task force, the sheriff's department has helped in taking more than three million dollars worth of drugs off the streets.

According to Sheriff Van Meter, the ICAC AND VCAC units have also been successful in taking 87 child predators off of the streets.

In the next session, Van Meter said he is working with lawmakers to introduce legislation that will help stop drugs at the border.

"We have people from Ohio, the big cities, and all over the country sending drugs into the state. We're looking for tougher penalties for these people."

The sheriff's department added a new detachment in Glen Daniel in 2019 to reach more people in rural areas, and Van Meter is hoping to increase that reach in 2020.

During the last term, he said the department added more than a hundred extra two-man patrols.

Annie Moore

Multimedia Journalist

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