Police Officer Biographies

Chief Matt Gregory | Sgt. Mark Stewart | Lt. Doug Loudin | Sgt. Tom Posey  | Sgt. Will Courtney | Corp Darin Hissam | PFC Marshall O’Connor | PFC Joshua Wilson

MattChief Matthew Gregory began his career with the Buckhannon Police Department as a Patrolman in 1997.  In 2004, Matthew was promoted to Chief of Police. Matthew has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Fairmont State University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Marshall University.  Since 2003, Matthew has served as Adjunct Faculty for Fairmont State University, teaching a wide array of Criminal Justice courses - covering everything from Criminal Law, Police Operations, to Police Administration.  Matthew has attended a large variety of in-service training programs throughout his career, logging several hundred hours in classroom instruction.  Additionally, Matthew is a certified law enforcement instructor in Police Administration and Crime Scene Investigation.  From 2000 – 2002, Matthew served as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician with the Upshur County Emergency Squad.  Matthew has also volunteered as coach with both the Stockert Youth Center Basketball League as well as Upshur County Youth Soccer.  Send an e-mail to Matt at  mattgregory@buckhannonpolice.com

Mark Sgt. Mark Stewart began his career with the Buckhannon Police in 1994. He graduated from the 88th Basic Police Academy in December 1994. During his career , he helped create the Buckhannon Police Dept. Bicycle Patrol and the Citizen's Police Academy. Mark was able to combine his credits from Marshall University to get his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. In 2003 , Mark was shot in the line of duty while serving a search warrant and received the Police Purple Heart Award and Meritorious Police Award. He decided to leave the department in 2003 . In 2005 , Mark returned to the Buckhannon Police Department and served as the Investigator. In 2014 , Mark was promoted to Sergeant and helped create the Volunteers in Police Service Program (VIPS). Mark is now the Prevention Resource Officer at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School.   Send an e-mail to Mark at markstewart@buckhannonpolice.com

DougLieutenant Doug Loudin graduated from Fairmont State College in December 1995 with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and Minor in Sociology.  He began his career in law enforcement working as a Private Investigator / Security Supervisor for C&M Investigations.  He took a position with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department in April 1996 and remained there until 2002, when he was hired by the Buckhannon Police Department in April.  Doug not only served as a substitute teacher from August 2002 to August 2003, but has also served as an Adjunct Instructor for Pierpont Community & Technical College of Fairmont State University since January 2004.  He has taught courses in Criminal Evidence and Procedure, Criminal Investigation, Deviant Behavior, Juvenile Justice, Private Security, and Firearms. Doug has also been an Adjunct instructor for West Virginia Wesleyan College since August 2008, teaching classes in Juvenile Justice, Correctional Institutions, Police Works and Criminal Investigations.  Doug has received training in Basic SWAT, diving, Firearms Instructor training, Instructor Development through the FBI and Field Training Supervisor, as well as various Criminal Investigations.  He is a certified firearms instructor, and diver.  Send an e-mail to Doug at dougloudin@buckhannonpolice.com

ThomasSergeant Thomas Posey, a Buckhannon native, graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1997. He then attended Glenville State College from 1997 to 2000.  Tom has been an officer with the Buckhannon Police Department since October 2003, and graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy in August 2004.  Tom has specialized training as a Firearms Instructor.  Tom is also the liaison for the Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS) program.  Send an e-mail to Thomas at tomposey@buckhannonpolice.com

WilliamSergeant William Courtney began his career with the Buckhannon Police Department in 2008. The same year he graduated the 134th Basic Class at the West Virginia State Police Academy. He has received training in SWAT, advanced roadside impaired driving enforcement (ARIDE), and as a clandestine lab technician. William is also a field training officer (FTO) responsible for training new hires with the department. Send an e-mail to William at williamcourtney@buckhannonpolice.com

 

DarinCorporal DK Hissam is a native of Upshur County and graduated from BUHS in 2000. He then attended Fairmont State University graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in HistoryHe began his career in law enforcement in 2006 with the West Virginia University Police Department and graduated in the 132nd Basic Class of the WV State Police Academy in December of 2007. He joinedthe Buckhannon Police Department in 2009 and has also worked for the Granville Police Department. He has received certifications in SWAT, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) andPolice Bike Patrol.  Send an e-mail to Darin at darinhissam@buckhannonpolice.com

 

MarshallPFC Marshall O’Connor moved to West Virginia from New Jersey in 2013 to begin his career in law Enforcement. He started at Tygart Valley Regional Jail before getting hired with Buckhannon Police in July of 2013. He graduated from the 157th basic class at the West Virginia State Police Academy in 2014He is a Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) instructor and has also received a certificate in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE). Send an e-mail  to Marshall at marshalloconnor@buckhannonpolice.com

 

JoshPFC Joshua Wilson is a 2005 graduate of Elkins High School. Before becoming a police officer for Buckhannon Josh was in the military as a Master at Arms performing roles as a police officer, armorer, and K9 support/handler. Josh has also been an active Volunteer Firefighter at multiple agencies for over 10 years. He graduated the 156th West Virginia Police Academy in 2013 and has received several Certificates since then in First Aid and CPR, Animal Cruelty, Drug Interdiction, Less Lethal Weapons, Civil Rights/Color of Law, and Emergency Management.Send an e-mail  to Josh at joshwilson@buckhannonpolice.com

 

 

Patrolman Joseph Barcus is a 2007 graduate of Philip Barbour High school. He Began working for TygartValley Regional Jail in 2009 and left the Regional Jail authority is 2010 and went to work for what was formerly known as the Salem Industrial home for youth(Now Salem DOC). He Returned to TVRJ in 2011 and left in December 2013 at the rank of Corporal. He Began working for Schlumberger in early 2014 until late 2015. He began his career in law enforcement in March of 2016 and graduated the 167th Basic Class at the WVSP Academy on September 30th 2016.  Send an e-mail to Dan at danbarcus@buckhannonpolice.com

 

 

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