2/19/2013 5:49 PM
BECKLEY - A Beckley native returns home to officially join the police force this morning. Joseph Stewart was sworn in this morning to become the 49th officer at the Beckley Police Department. He comes in with six years of experience at the Hinton Police Department, and he graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy. Stewart says it is a dream come true to come back home and serve the people. He will participate in an eight-week training program before assuming his duties as patrolman.