West Virginia State Senator Clark S. Barnes (R-Randolph) has been asked by Colonel D.L. Lemmon, Superintendent of the West Virginia State Police to scour the state for additions to the state’s premier law enforcement agency.
Col. Lemmon is dedicated to enlisting the best and the brightest for the 55th Cadet Trooper training class, and he has a hunch that those candidates may be in the mountains of the Eastern Panhandle. Lemmon has contacted Barnes for assistance in reaching out to potential candidates, especially because of the long-standing strain in recruiting and retaining qualified applicants from the Eastern and Northern Panhandles, which adds to officer turnover and manpower shortages.
“Our State Police program is regarded as one of the best in the nation, and I am honored that a special effort has been made to select some of the highly accomplished young men and women from our area,” said Barnes.
Lemmon has expressed a desire to explore every possible opportunity for recruiting throughout the entire state. The West Virginia State Police, the nation’s fourth oldest state police organization, was founded in 1919.
This recruiting effort includes recuiting activities at the Eastern WV Community and Technical College in Moorefield, Mountain State University in Martinsburg, Shepherd University in Shepherdstown and Potomac State College in Keyser, between Feb. 16 and 24. Barnes notes that there are no particular degree requirements and hopes that there is a great deal of interest from individuals with prior military experience.
“We are particularly interested in those young men and women who have recently returned from service to our country,” added Barnes. “They have already proven to be loyal, dedicated, motivated, and they definately have the heart for service.”
Testing for Cadet Trooper applicants is scheduled for March 1 through March 4 at the Sate Police Academy in Institue, WV. A “walk-on” testing day is also scheduled for March 5 at the Academy for any potential candidates who may not have applied in advance. Unique to this round of testing is the addition of cadet testing sites in Morgantown on March 8 and 9. These dates have been added with the hope of attracting more promising candidates from the Northern and Eastern Panhandles. Lemmon also stated that if there is interest, more cadet testing dates can be scheduled in Morgantown or even Martinsburg.
Senator Barnes is pleased to be a leader in this new push to amplify the force of the West Virginia State Police. He can be reached in his Charleston office at (304) 357-7973, and welcomes any questions about the application process. For information on the State Police, recruiting activities and testing requirements, visit www.wvstatepolice.com.