Bills said the officers are required to have at least three years of experience in criminal justice and counseling before they are hired.
"Sex offenders are top of the line to manipulate people," Bills said. "We wouldn't put someone in that position straight out of high school."
James Conley was sworn in to replace an officer in one nine-county region that includes Monongalia, Marion and Randolph counties.
Conley said he already has three years of experience working with sex offenders as a probation officer.
"I'm looking forward to making the community more secure for our children," he said.
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