FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2023
Morgantown Police Department Welcomes New Police Social Worker
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The Morgantown Police Department has hired Kelly Rice, LICSW, to be its Police Social Worker.
The position, which is brand new to the department, was designed to serve as a bridge between the police department and the community.
The Police Social Worker provides direct service and outreach to individuals who are unsheltered, experiencing mental illness, abusing substances, or otherwise facing crisis.
Kelly Rice, who was selected for the position, is a licensed clinical social worker who possesses an extensive background working with victims of mental health, domestic violence, addiction, and more. She also has significant experience with compassionate releases, criminal thinking, victim impact, and crisis intervention.
"The opportunity to develop something new for this community is very exciting," said Rice. "Police social work is a special field, and I believe it will be a great asset to Morgantown."
Rice is originally from Annapolis, Maryland. She attended graduate school at West Virginia University, where she earned a Master's degree in Social Work.
Rice has previously worked as a Drug Treatment Specialist for FCI Morgantown, a Case Manager for the Hope Incorporated Shelter, and most recently, a Social Worker for the United States Penitentiary in Hazelton, WV.
The Morgantown Police Department's new Police Social Worker, Kelly Rice, can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 304-282-7492.