There are 14 departments that have each hired at least 10 of the 166 officers that moved around the most.
Smithers, Montgomery, Shinnston, Mount Hope and Cedar Grove combined have hired those officers at least 80 times.
In the past two years, the Gazette-Mail has shown that at least 13 West Virginia officers who have left one department under a cloud of allegations have found work at another department. Several of those officers moved through the 14 departments.
Officers sometimes get in serious trouble with one department, then leave before being fired, said Sen. Bill Laird, D-Fayette, one of the co-sponsors and driving forces behind the bill. If passed, the legislation would give the subcommittee the ability to investigate why they left and, if need be, stop them from being employed somewhere else, he said.
"This will let the subcommittee to fully scrutinize a person's departure prior to re-employment with another agency ... to find out why they left," he said.
Laird provided a copy of the revised bill, along with an estimate of the additional costs for the subcommittee. Currently, the additional costs to the state are estimated at about $180,000. That estimate includes the addition of a full-time investigator for the department, a full-time administrative assistant and a secretary, along with additional office costs and database maintenance.
One of the problems police agencies have had in the past is that when another department asks them about an officer that used to be employed in their department, they had to be very careful about what they said because of employment laws.
This will allow departments to give one another a better picture of former employees, White said.
"They think, 'Well I'm just going to resign here and go somewhere else,' when the heat gets on them," White said. "Then they go somewhere else and you can't discuss personnel.... When there's a personnel issue, you're going to get sued. I think this changes a lot of that. I think this is a big positive for West Virginia."
Reach Gary Harki at gha...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.