W.Va. Legislators Consider Gradually Adding State Troopers through 2017
A bill introduced on Friday in the West Virginia Legislature would gradually add to the number of State Troopers in the Mountain State.
WTRF.com spoke to Senate President Jeff Kessler, who says about 640 troopers are employed right now, and the bill would gradually increase that number to 800 by 2017.
Kessler said West Virginia hasn't had a state trooper cadet training class in the past two years and the state is losing anywhere from 15 to 30 troopers per year through attrition and retirement.
"We're starting to get concerned that if we don't build our ranks, we'll reach critical shortage levels," he says. "Particularly in light of the fact that we usually have a training for new troopers every year or two and it's been the second year without a trooper class. So while we're losing them, we're not adding any more to the ranks."
Kessler added that raising trooper's salary is a consideration, as well as compensating troopers for time spent on call.