By Gary A. Harki

CHARLESTON - A bill designed to stop problem police officers from moving from department to department won approval from the Legislature on Saturday and was sent to the acting governor's desk to sign into law.

Under the new legislation (SB193), before an officer can get a job with a new department, the state agency would review his or her personnel file with that previous department. It's up to the Law Enforcement Professional Standards Subcommittee -- formerly known as the Law Enforcement Training Subcommittee -- to find out why an officer left a department and then decide whether to decertify the officer in West Virginia.

It also gives the subcommittee subpoena powers to investigate incidents and requires they keep a database of all certified officers, which is available to all departments ...

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