Police Officer Requirements – West Virginia
West Virginia Div of Criminal Justice Services
- Must be at least 21 years of age on date of hire
- Must be a high school graduate or have a GED
- Completed Basic Police Training Course
- Completed Medical History Statement/Medical Examination Report
- Meet physical or mental condition
- No drug abuse or narcotics violation case
- No felony conviction or any crime involving dishonesty, unlawful sexual conduct, physical violence, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Participate in required in-service training
- Valid Driver’s License
- Others: Complete written exam, oral interview, an extensive background investigation, medical exam, psychological evaluation, and essential physical skills evaluation
The following items must be completed, and submitted for acceptance into the training program:
- Application for Admission to Basic Police Training School.
- Medical History Statement and Medical Examination Report. (Included Application Above)
- Two (2) Federal Bureau of Investigation, Applicant Fingerprint cards (FD-258);
- Sticker WVSP 39 (Release of Information) signed and attached to the back of one fingerprint card
- Lab test results; Blood Chemistry (chem 20 or equivalent), Complete Blood Count(CBC), Urinalysis, Tuberculosis (Mantoux), Electrocardiogram (ECG – resting), Drug Screening DOH -5 or 8-10 Panel.
Certification Denial, Suspension or Revocation.
16.1. The Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction, upon the recommendation of the Law Enforcement Training Subcommittee, may suspend, revoke, or deny the certification of a law enforcement officer or, if applicable, deny admission to a basic entry-level training program for conduct or a pattern of conduct unbecoming to an officer or activities that would tend to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise jeopardize public trust and fidelity in law enforcement. Such conduct, pattern of conduct, or activities may include, but not be limited to the following:
- Willful falsification of any information submitted or rehed upon -to obtain certified statu-s,
- Having a physical or mental condition affecting the officer’s ability to perform his or her duties as described in subsection 8.3 of this rule;
- Addiction to or unlawful sale, possession, or use of narcotics, drugs, or drug paraphernalia;
- Having admitted the commission of or been convicted of a felony or any crime involving dishonesty, unlawful sexual conduct, physical violence, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; 16.1.e. Failure to participate in required in-service training;
- Legal prohibitions that prevent an officer from performing some or all of his or her required law enforcement duties. It is the responsibility of the officer to report any such legal prohibitions to the Committee within tart (10) days;
- Failure to report legal prohibitions as required by 16.1.f of this rule;
- Whose certification as a law enforcement officer has been suspended, denied or revoked by another state’s Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.
16.2. Employment by another agency or reinstatement of a law enforcement officer by his parent agency after termination, whether termination was voluntary or involuntary, does not preclude suspension, revocation or denial of law enforcement certification, if the law enforcement officer was terminated for any of the reasons contained in this section
16.3. Termination of a law enforcement officer, whether voluntary or involuntary, does not preclude suspension, revocation or denial of law enforcement certification, if the office was terminated for any of the reasons contained in this section.
16.4. The Subcommittee may not suspend, revoke, or deny law enforcement certification when an officer is terminated for infractions of his or her agency’s policies, general orders, or similar guidelines of operation that do not amount to any of the causes outlined in this rule.
16.5. An employing agency shall not seek de-certification of a law enforcement officer prior to or in lieu of termination.
16.6. Law enforcement officers whose certification has been suspended, revoked or if applicable an applicant who has been denied admission to a basic enty-ievel training academy, may not remain employed as a law enforcement officer and may not exercise any authority as a law enforcement officer during the period for which their certification is suspended, revoked or denied.