Senate Bill No. 391
(By Senators Bowman, Bailey, Facemyer, Smith and Plymale)
[Introduced January 29, 2003; referred to the Committee on
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 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; how established.
(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, the superintendent
shall provide a shorter training period and reduced requirements
for individuals who have been certified as law-enforcement officers
under the provisions of article twenty-nine, chapter thirty of this
(3) He or she shall also provide advanced or in-service
training from time to time for all members of the state
(4) 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