Public Safety Services
While Jefferson County is a uniquely progressive and developed part of West Virginia, there’s one truism that never wavers: it’s a safe place to live.
More than 85 police officers serve Jefferson County and the surrounding localities. Charles Town, Harpers Ferry, Ranson, and Shepherdstown all operate their own police departments with three to 27 active sworn officers in each city at a given time. Law enforcement and court-related services are provided by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, which includes more than 20 deputies, full- and part-time bailiffs, special deputies, and process servers.
While Jefferson County is the fastest growing county in the state, it also boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the country. In recent years, a steady influx of urban “refugees” — mostly professionals and executives from nearby Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland — has contributed to the growth of telecommuting and high-tech industries.
The Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency (JCESA) assists Jefferson County’s seven volunteer fire departments in providing fire and emergency medical services to all citizens and visitors of Jefferson County. The county also maintains the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Center for emergency and non-emergency calls 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, with a staff of 20 full-time and six part-time Public Safety Dispatchers. The call center recently moved into a new building just to the west of Charles Town and installed a state-of-the-art infrastructure that allows dispatchers and public safety personnel to better serve the community.
The public safety services operating within Jefferson County extend an environment of safety and comfort to the residents of this county. This allows the community to devote time and attention to the work at hand without worrying about the personal safety and security of those at home.