Senate Bill No. 391
(By Senators Bowman, Bailey, Facemyer, Smith and Plymale)
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization;
reported February 17, 2003.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section three, article two, chapter
fifteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to training
requirements for certain members of the state police.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section three, article two, chapter fifteen of the code
of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended,
be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. WEST VIRGINIA STATE POLICE.
§15-2-3. State police structure; training.
(a) The superintendent shall create, appoint and equip the
state police which shall consist of the number of troops, districts and detachments required for the proper administration of the state
police. Each troop, district or detachment shall be composed of
the number of officers and members the superintendent determines
are necessary to meet operational needs and are required for the
efficient operation of the state police. The superintendent shall
establish the general organizational structure of the state police
by interpretive rule in accordance with the provisions of article
three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.
(b) (1) The superintendent shall provide adequate facilities
for the training of all members of the state police and shall
prescribe basic training requirements for newly enlisted members.
(2) In prescribing training requirements for newly enlisted
members, the superintendent shall provide a shorter training period
and reduced requirements for individuals who have been employed for
at least three years as law-enforcement officers and certified
under the provisions of article twenty-nine, chapter thirty of this
code: Provided, That the superintendent may provide a shorter
training period and reduced requirements for certified law-
enforcement officers who have been employed for fewer than three
years if the entity employing the officers terminated their
employment for economic reasons.
He or she The superintendent shall also provide advanced
or in-service training, from time to time, for all members of the
(c) The superintendent shall hold training classes for other
peace officers in the state without cost to those officers except actual expenses for food, lodging and school supplies.
(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require reduced
training requirements for newly hired state police cadets who have
previously been certified as law-enforcement officers.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would