West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Agency

State Police, WV

The West Virginia State Police was born in controversy in the second extraordinary session of the West Virginia Legislature on June 19, 1919. Then Governor John Jacob Cornwell was insistent upon having a State Police force which he said, "was mandatory in order for him to uphold the laws of our State." Part of the compromise was the name of the organization. "West Virginia Department of Public Safety" was the official name; however, over the years, most citizens have accepted "State Police" as the unofficial name. The West Virginia State Police is recognized as the fourth oldest state police agency in the United States. In the reorganization of State government during the 1989 legislative session, the Department of Public Safety was reorganized and encompasses more than just the State Police. At that time, our Agency became the Division of Public Safety; however, during the 1995 legislative session, our name was officially changed to the West Virginia State Police. Members of the West Virginia State Police receive their training at the West Virginia State Police Academy; located in Institute, West Virginia. Upon appointment, cadets undergo an intense 24-week training program and, upon graduation, serve a twelve month probationary period. Today, the members of the West Virginia State Police are continuing to provide efficient police service to the citizens of West Virginia. The forest green uniform, campaign hat and shoulder patch are symbols of our proud heritage.

Contact Information

Address
725 Jefferson Rd
South Charleston, WV 25309
Phone: (304) 746-2100
Fax:
http://www.statepolice.wv.gov

Agency Location