The review board is also involved in the hiring of new officers, Hamm said. But one review board in Montgomery isn't going to solve the whole issue, he said.
"My hope is that at the state level something will be done about oversight," he said. "It's about confidence in general, that I have a governing body that I can go to that is protecting my interests."
In July, the Gazette reported on Princeton officer Christopher Winkler, who had a blood clot in his brain after an incident while training at the West Virginia State Police Academy.
The Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety started an investigation into the incident, as did the State Police. Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants also asked for an investigation by the West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations. The latter report said the incident was a training accident and no criminal act occurred.
The commission's investigation is an example of an outside investigation into a police agency, but also a special case, Plants said. Some, but not all, of the investigators in the division are former State Police troopers.
"It's different because you're dealing with a cadet, you're not dealing with the general public," Plants said. "There ought to be objective, independent law enforcement professionals reviewing complaints."
Doctors review other doctors and lawyers review other lawyers, he said. And just because something isn't a criminal offense doesn't mean that it isn't ethically or professionally wrong.
"Every other industry has that review. I think its fair if other lawyers (review what happened) when there's an ethics complaint against me. And I respond," he said. "I think we need a board of that nature to keep track of and weed out the 10 percent that give everybody else a bad name."
Chesapeake Police Chief Jack Ice has been in law enforcement a long time. Before taking his current position, he was a state trooper for 30 years.
He thinks the idea of a statewide database of police is a good idea.
"A lot of times people come in and you don't know who they are," Ice said. "It's good to know."
Ice hired Shawn Hutchinson, Leavitt's partner the night he attacked Twan and Lauren Reynolds, knowing who he was.
Ice has said in the past that Hutchinson has been a good, conscientious officer. He said he believes there needs to be a process where officers are decertified if they've committed serious offenses. Revoking a certification also shouldn't mean that officers necessarily can't get it back, he said.
"But there has to be a conviction, just not an accusation somewhere," Ice said.
Tilley said he will work with Sen. Laird and others who want to change the process.
He said he wants to see everyone come up with a process that is fair to police officers -- and keeps the public's trust in law enforcement.
"One of the things we always say [at the academy] and that is trained here is that an officer is going to make split-second decisions on what to do, how to react, what to say, what use of force to do, that are going to be argued by lawyers, judges and attorneys for months to come," he said. "We know that everything we do is the ultimate in arm-chair quarterbacking.
"All we can hope here at the academy is that we are doing the best we can -- with the best knowledge and available equipment -- to make those decisions."
'This person I used to be'
Mary Ann Groves has been pulled over once since her run-in with Galen Reel, on her way to see her therapist.
The officer she met that day was very nice to her.
But it was on a rural road, and she was alone again -- just her and a policeman.
It was a terrifying experience.
"My hands were shaking when I got my ID out of my wallet," Groves said. I think he probably felt sorry for me."
She started crying as soon as he said she could go.
"I had to pull off a little further down the road and call my mom," Groves said. "My entire life has changed."
Groves said she used to go to church all the time, but now she doesn't. She said she thinks every day about what happened to her. She is constantly looking over her shoulder.
"Who I am has completely changed," she said. "This person I used to be ... I have to just accept that I'm not going to be that person anymore."
Reel was allowed to continue working at the Moorefield department after the incident. He worked at the department in nearby Petersburg -- Groves' hometown -- after that. State records show him employed there for only a few days in August.
She said her father wrote a letter to the Petersburg mayor, telling him what a slap in the face it was.
She said she now avoids both Petersburg and Moorefield at all costs.
"I think there should be something that prevents this from happening," she said. "I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy."
Reach Gary Harki at gha...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.