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H. B. 2658


(By Delegates Armstead, Walters, Carmichael,
Wells, Lane and Spencer)

[Introduced February 24, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Political Subdivisions then the Judiciary.]



A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-29-11 , relating to requiring any law-enforcement agency hiring a person within three years of his or her training at the West Virginia Law-enforcement Training Academy to pay a fraction of the cost of such training to the Law-enforcement Agency sponsoring and funding the graduate's training.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That
the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-29-11 , to read as follows:
ARTICLE 29. LAW-ENFORCEMENT TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION.
§30-29-11. Requirement for local or state police agency to pay proportional cost of graduate's cost of training at State Police Academy upon hiring a graduate sponsored by a different police agency.

Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, in the event that a West Virginia law-enforcement agency employs a graduate of a Law-enforcement Training Academy as provided in this article, who was sponsored by a different West Virginia law-enforcement agency, any time within three years of the graduate's date of certification, the nonsponsoring West Virginia law-enforcement agency hiring that graduate, shall pay to the county or municipal West Virginia law-enforcement agency which sponsored the graduate, either the total cost or a fractional proportion of the total cost of training the graduate as follows:
(1) If the officer is employed within one year of graduation from the academy by the nonsponsoring agency, the nonsponsoring agency shall reimburse the sponsoring agency all of the training costs; and

(2) If the officer is employed within two years of graduation from the academy
by the nonsponsoring agency, the nonsponsoring agency shall reimburse the sponsoring agency two thirds of the training costs; and
(3) If the person is employed within three years of graduation from the academy
by the nonsponsoring agency, the nonsponsoring agency shall reimburse the sponsoring agency one third of the cost. For the purpose of this section, costs include the actual training costs and salary paid by the sponsoring agency during the training. The law-enforcement official of the Law-enforcement Training Academy shall, upon request, provide an accurate and uniform accounting to both the sponsoring and the nonsponsoring West Virginia law-enforcement agencies, based on a per day unit of cost for the graduate's training, including expenses for required travel, clothing and equipment: Provided, That the sponsoring West Virginia law-enforcement agency may elect to waive reimbursement of law-enforcement academy training costs as provided by this section.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require nonsponsoring police agencies that hire graduate recruits within three years from the date they graduated from the State Police Academy, to pay a share of cost of the training to the sponsoring police agency that funded the training.

This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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