Bill Text: WV HCR77 | 2020 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Conducting a study of the increased duties and responsibilities of the West Virginia State Police

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2020-02-11 - To House Judiciary [HCR77 Detail]

Download: West_Virginia-2020-HCR77-Introduced.html

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 77

(By Delegates  Skaff, Anderson, Barnhart, Barrett, Bates, Byrd, Cadle, Campbell, Canestraro, Capito, Caputo, Criss, Dean, Doyle, Estep-Burton, Fleischauer, Fluharty, Hanna, Hansen, Hartman, Hicks, Hill, Hornbuckle, Hott, Householder, D. Jeffries, J. Jeffries, D. Kelly, Kump, Lavender-Bowe, Linville, Little, Longstreth, Lovejoy, Mandt, Miller, Pack, Phillips, Pyles, Robinson, Rowan, Rowe, Shott, Sponaugle, Storch, Swartzmiller, R. Thompson, Tomblin, Walker, Waxman, Westfall, Williams, Wilson, Worrell and Zukoff)

[Introduced February 11, 2020]

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance conduct a study of the increased duties and responsibilities of the West Virginia State Police, and determine the number of full-time equivalent positions that are needed to meet the statutory mission of statewide enforcement of criminal and traffic laws with emphasis on providing basic enforcement and citizen protection from criminal depredation throughout the state’s public streets, roads and highways.

Whereas, The West Virginia State Police have been protecting the citizens of this state since 1919, investigating crimes, traffic accidents, providing crowd control, directing traffic, apprehending sexual predators and those that terrorize our neighborhoods to ensure that we live in peace; and

Whereas, The West Virginia State Police has seen a decrease in manpower since 2001, when more than 700 Troopers protected West Virginia to currently employing only 615 Troopers to protect West Virginia; and

Whereas, The West Virginia State Police duties and responsibilities have continued to grow during the same time period which have included the sex offenders within the state that are required to register with the West Virginia State Police; in 2001, the sex offender registry listed 1,468 sex offenders within the state, and that number has now grown to over 5,639 offenders that the West Virginia State Police has the responsibility of keeping track of; and

Whereas, In 2017, there were 833 drug overdose deaths reported in West Virginia involving opioids, giving West Virginia the highest age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids in the country; and

Whereas, The most recent figures reflect that the West Virginia State Police answered 159,552 calls for service for a one-year period answering the calls of the citizens of West Virginia; and

Whereas, The Legislature finds that it should take an active role in studying, formulating and implementing a plan to provide the necessary manpower, equipment and resources needed for the West Virginia State Police to meet the statutory mission of Statewide Law Enforcement; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to conduct a study of the West Virginia State Police manpower, duties and responsibilities, and determine the number of full-time equivalent positions that are needed to meet the statutory mission of statewide law enforcement and citizen protection from criminal depredation throughout the state; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the Legislature, on the first day of the regular session, 2021, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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