PIEDMONT - Two new police officers were recently sworn in as the law enforcement for Piedmont, and they are a father and son team.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
PIEDMONT - Two new police officers were recently sworn in as the law enforcement for Piedmont, and they are a father and son team.
Serving as the police chief is Jimmy Cummings, of Berkeley Springs, and most recently he was the Ridgeley police chief.
In other law enforcement experience, Cummings was an officer in Shepherdstown and police chief in Paw Paw, retiring from that position in 2016.
He graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in 2005 and from the West Virginia State Police Academy in 2007, while he is certified in both states.
Prior to that, Cummings enlisted in the Unites States Army, where he served for four years.
Continuing with his education, he is obtaining a criminal justice degree from Blue Ridge Community College and has experience in K-9 training and narcotics interdiction.
Cummings said that he has several goals for his work in Piedmont and wants to “bring back K-9 services, update equipment in to city cruiser, and work on the drug issues in the community.”
Clayton Perry is the patrolman in Piedmont and will be attending the West Virginia State Police Academy at the first opening.
He was an early graduate at age 16 from Martinsburg High School, and is presently attending Blue Ridge Community College, with a 4.0 grade point average, in the criminal justice field.
Perry spoke about the goals he has as a patrolman, and he aims to “serve and protect the people of Piedmont.”
He added that he wants “to be able to hep the community citizens when they ask for assistance.”
Wanting to interact with the youths of Piedmont, Perry said, “I hope they understand not to be afraid of a police officer.”
As part of his duties, he completes foot patrol and, “Normally, I am with Dad in the cruiser.”
Perry is undertaking field training in preparation for the police academy, and then following that graduation, “I want to become a better officer and help the people of Piedmont.