Gov. Justice announces more than $500,000 in funding for law enforcement training

6/5/2018

CHARLESTON, WV - Dozens of law enforcement officers from throughout the Mountain State will receive the training they need to serve and protect their fellow West Virginians, thanks to funding secured by Gov. Jim Justice during the recent special legislative session.

Today, Gov. Justice announced the release of the Law Enforcement Professional Standards (LEPS) training program funds for both the 175th and 176th basic entry level training classes at the West Virginia State Police Academy.

The funding measure that Gov. Justice included in his successful special session agenda also continues the salaries of five civilian personnel at the West Virginia State Police Academy.

“We need to support our law enforcement officers any way we can,” Gov. Justice said. “This funding certainly does that, and it goes a long way in keeping our communities safe.”

The 175th Basic Class will begin training this month, while the 176th starts in August. Each will consist of about 50 cadets. This basic training is for new municipal, campus and Division of Natural Resources police as well as county sheriff’s deputies, and is required for certification under the state’s LEPS program.

The amounts secured by Gov. Justice are:

STATEWIDE
 
West Virginia State Police                                                                                   $134,304.00
These funds will be utilized for the Law Enforcement Professional Standards (LEPS) 175th Basic entry level training program at the West Virginia State Police Academy.
 
West Virginia State Police                                                                                   $132,162.00
These funds will be utilized for the Law Enforcement Professional Standards (LEPS) 176th Basic entry level training program at the West Virginia State Police Academy.
 
West Virginia State Police                                                                                   $242,043.00
These funds will be utilized for the continued salaries of five (5) civilian State Police Academy personnel at the West Virginia State Police Academy.​​​

Contact Information

Butch Antolini, Butch.Antolini@wv.gov

Contact

Office of the Governor
State Capitol, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E
Charleston, WV 25305

Office Phone:
304.558.2000 or 1.888.438.2731

Governor's Mansion:
304.558.3588

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