Around the clock security put in place at Yeager Airport
CHARLESTON, WV (WCHS/WVAH) —
The busy season with holiday travelers is quickly approaching.
Police at Yeager Airport in Charleston said they have new measures in place to keep the airport more secure.
Last month the airport rolled out 24-hour police protection.
Yeager Police Chief Eric Johnson said the change comes after several incidents at the airport, which includes the man who was arrested and charged for breaking into Yeager Airport and tampering with an aircraft back in July.
"There are too many people in the world, and we see it across the nation, that want to cause harm to the innocent public,” said Yeager Airport Police Chief Eric Johnson. “We're doing everything that we possibly can to ensure the safety of the people who come through Yeager Airport, visit the city of Charleston and surrounding areas.”
In order to switch over to around the clock security, an additional full-time officer was hired.
In the past, officers were on duty from about 4 a.m. until midnight and worked 10 hours at a time.
Officers are now working 12-hour shifts.
Chief Johnson said the change has been beneficial to keeping people safe at the airport.
"I have seen a difference in the fact that there are many activities that the officers are involved in during the hours where in the past they would not have been here,” said Chief Johnson. “With the issues that we have across the country and across the world, with domestic and international terrorism alone, those issues are enough to show that 24-hour protection is vital."
There are multiple systems in place that also keep the airport secure like intrusion detection systems, microwave alarms, and motion detectors.
Chief Johnson said with officers on duty 24-7, they're able to respond to those systems in a timelier manner.