Huntington, W.Va. - Mountwest Community & Technical College recently established a benchmark when they became the first community college in West Virginia to incorporate a College Resource Officer (CRO) to its campus.
Effective September 4, 2012, an agreement was made with the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department wherein a deputy sheriff provides onsite law enforcement for the College.
The function of the CRO is multifaceted. One aspect is providing law enforcement by application of West Virginia State statutes and county ordinances on properties controlled by Mountwest. In addition, this deputy interacts with faculty, staff and students by being available eight or more hours a day, five days a week. Functions include, but are not limited to, providing career-related information to students, advising the proper methods of interacting with the judicial system, along with maintaining high visibility on campus grounds.
Several meetings took place between Mountwest officials and Sheriff T.W. McComas before a deputy was selected to fill the role in this pilot program. Sgt. R.H. "Bob" McQuaid was selected to fill this newly formed position. Sgt. McQuaid has more than 26 years of experience in law enforcement in West Virginia and has worked for the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department since 1996.
During his time with the Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. McQuaid worked for the Road Patrol, K-9 Unit, Special Operations Unit, the Detective Bureau and the Judicial Division. He was also assigned to the C.U.F.F.E.D. Fugitive Task Force, working under the direction of the U.S. Marshals Service.