EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFive States Represented In Jamboree Protection
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Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 20, 2013 5:34 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 20, 2013 6:38 PM EDT
Glen Jean, Fayette County , West Virginia
Keeping order and keeping people safe at this year's Boy Scout Jamboree is not only a big priority for West Virginia State Police, but a big job.
And doing the job without any help would mean the protection for the rest of the state would have suffered.
About 40 troopers representing five states spent over a week protecting more than 40,000 Boy Scouts.
West Virginia State Police put in a favor with Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia law enforcement.
"As soon as they arrived, troopers are troopers," Capt. Bill Scott of West Virgina State Police said. "It doesn't matter what state they're from, seems we all have that same mindset and we understand each other."
And that bond of troopers is something that's reflected in the Boy Scouts they are there to protect.
"It's really good to see them interact with each other because we do share that common bond," Lt. J.W. Gibson of Kentucky State Police said.
it is a common bond that both the Boy Scouts and troopers develop.
"No matter where that trooper's from, no matter the color of the uniform, we all share a common bond," Sgt. Steve Lowe of Virginia State Police said.
John Tinker of Pennsylvania State Police echoed the sentiment.
"Even though I don't know the other troopers," Tinker said. "I roughly know what they've gone through to get here and the processes they've taken."
And as new friendships develop and partnerships between state law enforcement are formed, Scott said this was a task that West Virginia could not have done alone.
"We appreciate them being here and they've worked great as far as hand in hand with our troopers," he said. "It's been a great experience."
This was the first time for many of the troopers to work with out-of-state law enforcement, who said they would not hesitate to work in the Mountain State again.
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