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Chapter 15  |  Article 15 - 3  |  Section 3
WVC 15 - CHAPTER 15. PUBLIC SAFETY.
WVC 15 - 3 - ARTICLE 3. COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS FOR POLICE PURPOSES.

WVC 15 - 3 - 1 §15-3-1. Communication system for department of public safety.
The superintendent of the department of public safety is authorized and empowered to establish such systems of communication for the department as may be appropriate, including one or more radio broadcasting stations in the state, one of which shall be at the departmental headquarters. Such systems shall be used for police purposes only. The superintendent is further authorized and empowered to provide for the purchase of the necessary apparatus and equipment, and of materials for the construction and maintenance of such systems, and shall be responsible for the operation, maintenance and conduct thereof.

WVC 15 - 3 - 2 §15-3-2. Radio transmitters operating on the state police frequency.
No person in this state shall operate any radio transmitter on any frequency assigned by the federal communications commission to the department of public safety unless authorized by the superintendent of the department of public safety. Such authorization may be revoked by the superintendent whenever he finds that such transmitter is being operated in violation of any law or of any rule and regulation promulgated by the superintendent.

WVC 15 - 3 - 3 §15-3-3. Use of police radio stations.
The superintendent of the department of public safety shall broadcast all police dispatches and reports submitted which, in his opinion, have a reasonable relation to or connection with the apprehension of criminals, the prevention of crime, or the maintenance of peace, safety and order in the state.

It shall be the duty of every sheriff and of the police authorities of every municipality to report to the superintendent such information as he may request and at the times and in the form requested.

WVC 15 - 3 - 4 §15-3-4. Priority of calls to police radio stations.
Every telegraph and telephone company operating in this state shall give priority to all messages or calls directed to the state police radio station or stations provided for in this article. A person responsible for failure to do so shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof fined not to exceed five hundred dollars.

WVC 15 - 3 - 5 §15-3-5. Use of information obtained by interceptions of transmissions on department of public safety communications system forbidden; penalties.
No person shall intercept any message or transmission made on or over any communications system established by the department of public safety and use the information obtained thereby to aid, abet or assist in committing a crime, or in violating any law of this state, or use the same in a manner which will interfere with the discharge of the department's operations.

Any person who violates any provision of this section or of section two of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to confinement in the county jail for a period not to exceed one year or by a fine of an amount not to exceed five hundred dollars or by both such confinement and fine in the discretion of the court.

WVC 15 - 3 - 6 §15-3-6. Location of police radio stations.
The superintendent of the department of public safety is empowered to authorize a statewide survey, and to seek cooperation of the federal communications commission in the survey, to determine suitable locations for the state radio station or stations provided for in this article.

WVC 15 - 3 - 7 §15-3-7. Staffs of police radio stations.
The superintendent of the department of public safety may employ, establish the qualifications for and, within the limits of available funds, fix the salaries of radio engineers, radio technicians, radio operators, radio teletype operators and other personnel as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this article.

WVC 15 - 3 - 8 §15-3-8. Superintendent to make rules and regulations to carry out article.
The superintendent of the department of public safety shall have authority to prescribe and promulgate reasonable rules and regulations to carry out the purposes of this article.

WVC 15 - 3 - 9 §15-3-9. Jurisdiction of justices to enforce article.
Justices of the peace shall have concurrent jurisdiction with other courts in the enforcement of this article.

WVC 15 - 3 - 10 §15-3-10. Disclosure of location information; emergency situations.

  (a) Upon request of a law-enforcement agency, a wireless telecommunications carrier or internet account provider shall provide location information concerning the telecommunications device of the user to the requesting law-enforcement agency in order to respond to a call for emergency services or in an emergency situation that involves the risk of death or serious physical harm.

  (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, nothing in this section prohibits a wireless telecommunications carrier or internet account provider from establishing protocols to respond to a law enforcement agency request for location information in an emergency situation or a call for emergency services.

  (c) No cause of action shall lie in any court against any wireless telecommunications carrier or internet account provider, its officers, employees, agents or other specified persons for providing location information while acting in good faith and in accordance with the provisions of this section.

  (d) (1) All wireless telecommunications carriers or internet account providers registered to do business in the State of West Virginia or submitting to the jurisdiction thereof and all resellers of wireless telecommunications services shall submit their emergency contact information to the West Virginia State Police in order to facilitate requests from a law-enforcement agency for location information in accordance with this section. This contact information must be submitted annually by June 15th or immediately upon any change in contact information.

  (2) The State Police shall maintain a database containing emergency contact information for all wireless telecommunications carriers or internet account providers registered to do business in the State of West Virginia and shall make the information immediately available upon request to all public safety answer points in the state.

  (e) The Superintendent of the West Virginia State Police shall prescribe and promulgate reasonable rules to fulfill the requirements of this section no later than July 1, 2014.

  (f) This section shall be known and may be cited as the "Kelsey Smith Act."

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