MORGANTOWN — Morgantown Police, thanks to a growing force, are now able to be more proactive when it comes to dealing with safety issues.

Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said they have officers patrolling different neighborhoods when time allows — on the lookout for such things as speeding or alcohol-related offenses.

In the past, the department was very reactionary, Preston explained. They would receive a call and officers responded.

But, now that the department has grown, as a result of the Morgantown user fee, Preston said they can be more proactive.

That includes taking care of quality-of-life issues. For example, officers could be in plain clothes in an area looking for violations. Preston said in warmer months, that could be issues such as people congregating outside, drinking or using drugs or public intoxication. Another example could be complaints of people speeding and having an officer in an unmarked car watching.