PART I. LAW AND ORDER AND POLICE FORCE OR DEPARTMENTS.
§8-14-1. Power and authority with respect to the preservation of
law and order; police force or departments.
Every municipality shall have plenary power and authority to
protect persons and property within the municipality and preserve
law and order therein, and, for this purpose, to provide for,
establish, equip and maintain a police force or department. The
police force or department in each municipality shall be subject to
the authority, control and discipline of the administrative
For the purposes of this article, the term "paid police
department" shall be taken to mean only a municipal police
department maintained and paid for out of public funds and whose
employees are paid on a full-time basis out of public funds. The
term shall not be taken to mean a department whose employees are
paid nominal salaries or wages or are only paid for services
actually rendered on an hourly basis.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session