(a) The subcommittee shall, by or pursuant to rules proposed for legislative approval in accordance with article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code:
(1) Provide funding for the establishment and support of law- enforcement training academies in the state;
(2) Establish standards governing the establishment and operation of the law-enforcement training academies, including regional locations throughout the state, in order to provide access to each law-enforcement agency in the state in accordance with available funds;
(3) Establish minimum law-enforcement instructor qualifications;
(4) Certify qualified law-enforcement instructors;
(5) Maintain a list of approved law-enforcement instructors;
(6) Promulgate standards governing the training, firearms qualification and initial and ongoing professional certification of law-enforcement officers and the entry-level law-enforcement training curricula. These standards shall require satisfactory completion of a minimum of four hundred classroom hours as promulgated by legislative rule, shall provide for credit to be given for relevant classroom hours earned pursuant to training other than training at an established law-enforcement training academy if earned within five years immediately preceding the date of application for certification, and shall provide that the required classroom hours can be accumulated on the basis of a part-time curricula spanning no more than twelve months or a full- time curricula;
(7) Establish standards governing in-service law-enforcement officer training curricula and in-service supervisory level training curricula;
(8) Certify organized criminal enterprise investigation techniques with a qualified anti-racial profiling training course or module;
(9) Establish standards governing mandatory training to effectively investigate organized criminal enterprises as defined in article thirteen, chapter sixty-one of this code while preventing racial profiling, as defined in section ten of this article, for entry level training curricula and for law-enforcement officers who have not received such training as certified by the subcommittee as required in this section;
(10) Establish procedures for implementation of a course in investigation of organized criminal enterprises which includes an anti-racial training module to be available on the Internet or otherwise to all law-enforcement officers. The procedures shall include the frequency with which a law-enforcement officer shall receive training in investigation of organized criminal enterprises and anti-racial profiling and a time frame for which all law-enforcement officers must receive such training: Provided, That all law-enforcement officers in this state shall receive such training no later than July 1, 2012. In order to implement and carry out the intent of this section, the subcommittee may promulgate emergency rules pursuant to section fifteen, article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code;
(11) Certify or decertify or reactivate law-enforcement officers, as provided in sections five and eleven of this article;
(12) Establish standards and procedures for the reporting of complaints and certain disciplinary matters concerning law-enforcement officers and for reviewing the certification of law- enforcement officers. These standards and procedures shall provide for preservation of records and access to records by law-enforcement agencies and conditions as to how the information in those records is to be used regarding an officer's law-enforcement employment by another law-enforcement agency;
(A) The subcommittee shall establish and manage a database that is available to all law-enforcement agencies in the state concerning the status of any person's certification.
(B) Personnel or personal information not resulting in a criminal conviction is exempt from disclosure pursuant to the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-b of this code.
(13) Seek supplemental funding for law-enforcement training academies from sources other than the fees collected pursuant to section four of this article;
(14) Any responsibilities and duties as the Legislature may, from time to time, see fit to direct to the subcommittee; and
(15) Submit, on or before September 30 of each year, to the Governor, the Speaker of the House, the President of the Senate and, upon request, to any individual member of the Legislature a report on its activities during the previous year and an accounting of funds paid into and disbursed from the special revenue account established pursuant to section four of this article.
(16) Develop and promulgate rules for state, county and municipal law-enforcement officers, law-enforcement agencies, and communications and emergency operations centers that dispatch law- enforcement officers with regard to the identification, investigation, reporting and prosecution of suspected child abuse and neglect: Provided, That such rules and procedures must be consistent with the priority criteria prescribed by generally applicable department procedures.
(17) Make recommendations to the Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction for legislation related to the subcommittee's duties and responsibilities, or for research or studies by the Division of Justice and Community Services on topics related to the subcommittee's duties and responsibilities.
(b) In addition to the duties authorized and established by this section, the subcommittee may:
(1) Establish training to effectively investigate human trafficking offenses as defined in article two, chapter sixty-one of this code for entry level training curricula and for law- enforcement officers who have not received such training as certified by the committee as required by this section; and
(2) Establish procedures for the implementation of a course in investigation of human trafficking offenses. The course may include methods of identifying and investigating human trafficking and methods for assisting trafficking victims. In order to implement and carry out the intent of this subdivision, the committee may promulgate emergency rules pursuant to section fifteen, article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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