H. B. 4664
(By Delegates Ennis, Cann, Proudfoot,
Evans and Martin)
[Passed March 13, 1998; in effect from passage.]
AN ACT to amend article seven, chapter twenty of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended,
by adding thereto a new section, designated section one-f,
relating to natural resources; law enforcement; special
conservation officers; providing for the award of service
revolver to certain officers upon retirement; exceptions;
and furnishing uniform for burial upon death of current or
honorably retired officer.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article seven, chapter twenty of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section one- f, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. LAW ENFORCEMENT, MOTORBOATING, LITTER.
§20-7-1f. Awarding service revolver to special conservation officers upon retirement; furnishing uniform for burial.
(a) Upon the retirement of any special conservation officer
selected and appointed pursuant to section one of this article,
the chief of the officer's section shall award to the retiring
special conservation officer his or her service revolver, without
charge, upon determining:
(1) That the special conservation officer is retiring
honorably with at least twenty-five years of recognized special
law-enforcement service as determined by the chief conservation
(2) That such special conservation officer is retiring with
less than twenty-five years of service based upon a determination
that he or she is totally physically disabled as a result of
service with the division.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this
section, the section chief shall not award a service revolver to
any special conservation officer who has been declared mentally
incompetent by a licensed physician or any court of law, or who,
in the opinion of the chief conservation officer constitutes a
danger to any person or the community.
(c) Upon the death of any current or honorably retired
special conservation officer, the respective chief shall, upon
request of the deceased officer's family, furnish a full uniform
for burial of the deceased officer.