Deputy Chief J.R. Corey is a 22 year veteran of the Beckley Police Department and has been a member of the Beckley Police Department Command Staff since 2004. As a member of the Command Staff, Corey has overseen the professional development & continuing education, grant writing, community service, special events, recruitment, social media and web page, quartermaster, responsibilities, firearms training and facilitys, homeland security and the k-9 division. Corey also commanded the Special Enforcement Unit.
Deputy Chief Corey is a lifelong resident of Beckley and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in1989. Corey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, class 231. Corey holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Law Enforcement from Marshall University and is a 1997 Graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy.
The Deputy Chief of Police is the second highest rank in the police department and reports directly to the Chief of Police. The Deputy Chief is assigned as the commanding officer of major organizational components such as the Patrol Division, Detective Division and Support Services Division. In addition to carrying out specific division duties, the Deputy Chief may assume the duties of the Chief of Police in his absence and perform related functions in that capacity. The Deputy Chief represents the department at community and business meetings to promote the department’s missions and goals in order to foster mutual trust between the community and the department.
In addition, the Deputy Chief acts as a Chief of Staff to the office of the Chief of Police and keeps the Police Chief informed of all operational activities on a day-to-day basis. The Deputy Chief, with the assistance of his Division Commanders, is the bridge between strategic initiatives and operational activities within the BPD. The primary goal of the Deputy Chief is to coordinate the activities of all police personnel providing services to the citizens of the city of Beckley.
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