(b) The unit will comprise, at a minimum, six members of the State Police. The superintendent shall assign a unit director, and shall assign five members regionally, to be dedicated and trained to assist county Child Protective Services Offices and caseworkers in investigating and coordinating with other law-enforcement personnel, cases of suspected child abuse or neglect. Cases to be investigated include allegations received pursuant to section two, article six-a, chapter forty-nine of this code, and any other credible child abuse or neglect allegations.
(c) The unit director's duties include:
(1) Overseeing State Police members assigned to the unit;
(2) Coordinating activities of the unit with Child Protection Services;
(3) Assisting Child Protective Services in developing and refining protocols for improving identification and prosecution of suspected criminal acts of child abuse or neglect; and
(4) Assuring that all other directives and responsibilities of the unit are fulfilled.
(d) The unit shall maintain a statewide statistical index on child abuse and neglect convictions resulting from convictions for violations of sections two, two-a, three, three-a, four and four-a, article eight-d, of chapter sixty-one of this code, to monitor the timely and proper investigation and disposition of child abuse or neglect cases. The statistical data index maintained by the unit shall not contain information of a specific nature that would identify individual cases or persons.
(e) On or before the thirty-first day of December of each year, the unit director shall submit an annual report to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance. The annual report is to include the statistical index required under the provisions of subsection (d) of this section, and may include recommendations for statutory or program reforms that will assist the unit and further promote the goals of the unit. The report may not contain information of a specific nature that would identify individual cases or persons.
(f) Every state law-enforcement agency of this state shall periodically provide statistical information regarding child abuse and neglect cases investigated and prosecuted by that law-enforcement agency to the unit.
(g) The superintendent may propose rules for legislative approval or procedural rules as necessary to effectuate the provisions of this section in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code. The superintendent shall provide forms to law-enforcement agencies, circuit clerks and parole officers to facilitate submission of appropriate information necessary to prepare the statistical reports required by this section.
(h) There is hereby established a special account in the State Treasury, into which shall be deposited any gifts, grants or donations made to the unit, and any other funds directed to be deposited into the account by appropriation of the Legislature, and to be expended for the purposes of this section pursuant to appropriation of the Legislature.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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