The Backbone of the Beckley Police Department is made up of patrol officers.
While other specialty areas may receive more attention, it is the men and women on patrol that interact with and serve the community every day.
Each year BPD patrol officers respond to or self initiates well over 25,000 calls for service in the City of Beckley.
Patrol officers are responsible for police protection of the city, responding for calls for service, and enforcement of local ordinances and state laws, as well as traffic enforcement and monitoring traffic problems.
Patrol operates around the clock with three shifts of officers providing 24 hours of continuous coverage. The patrol division is commanded by Field Operations Capt. D.R. Bailey and three Shift Lieutenants.
Captain Dean R. Bailey is a 22-year veteran of the Beckley Police Department. Captain Bailey grew up in the Beckley area and is a 1993 graduate of Liberty High School in Glen Daniel WV. Captain Bailey began his career at the Beckley Police Department in 1997 and attended the West Virginia State Police Academy in 1998 graduating from the 99th basic class. After graduating from basic police training Bailey graduated from the DEA’s basic and advanced narcotics investigation schools in Washington DC. Bailey is a 2011 graduate of Marshall University with a BA in Criminal Justice. Bailey was selected and attended the FBI National Academy in 2018 and is a graduate of the 271st session.
Captain Bailey has served in various divisions within the Beckley Police Department including patrol and narcotics units where he was assigned to the East Beckley Precinct until being assigned to narcotics investigations. Captain Baileys current assignment is Field Operations Commander and currently overseas the following areas with in the Beckley Police Department; patrol division, which includes day, evening and night shift patrols, PRO officer at WWHS, SRO officers at Park and Beckley- Stratton Middle Schools, domestic violence officer, highway safety officer, off duty assignments, mountain bike unit, k-9 and honor guard units. Bailey has also assisted in the planning and building stages of the new Beckley Police Headquarters.
One goal of Capt. Bailey is to strengthen relationships with officers and members of the community by placing officers on foot and bicycle patrols in the communities they serve. Better relationships through community policing makes for a better, safer place to live and work for everyone.