Police Department | 501 Neville St. Beckley, WV 25801 | 304-256-1720 | 304-256-1721
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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 Capt. F. D Shelton. and three Shift Lieutenants.

Sgt. William Pannell “A” Shift
Lt. William Ray “B” Shift
Sgt. Joshua Stewart “C” Shift

Frankie Shelton is a 24- year veteran of the Beckley Police Department. Shelton was promoted to Captain on August 9, 2021. Captain Shelton’s new job title is Field Operations Commander. In this new assignment he will be responsible for the following areas within the Beckley Police Department; Patrol Division, which includes day, evening, and night shift patrol units, PRO officer at WWHS, SRO officers at Park and Beckley-Stratton Middle Schools, Domestic Violence Officer, Highway Safety Officer, Community Services Officer, and K-9 unit.

Shelton obtained an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Southern WV Community College in 1991. He then went on to Bluefield State College and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration with a Minor in Law Enforcement in 1993. Shelton began his career in Law Enforcement working at Danville Virginia Police Department from 1996 to 1998. He graduated from New River Criminal Justice Police Training Academy in Danville, Va. Shelton was hired at Beckley Police Department in April of 1998. He completed West Virginia State Police Academy graduating from the 101st basic class.

Captain Shelton has served most of his career in Patrol Division. Captain Shelton’s most recent assignment was the Shift Commander for day shift. He has worked out of both East Beckley and Maxwell Hill precincts. Shelton has served as a Uniformed Patrol Officer, Road Patrol Supervisor, Supervisor of Street Crimes Unit, and Domestic Violence Officer.

Shelton has been Southern Regional Highway Safety Officer of the year 21 times and has received several other Highway Safety awards. He has also been named to the Governor’s Highway Safety Top 52 Dui Enforcement list for several years. Shelton is also one of 35 officers that has completed the Drug Recognition Expert course in the State of WV.