CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state agency tasked with tracking firearms-qualification data for West Virginia's police officers only recently gained the ability to track the data, according to a recent audit.
The State Division of Justice and Community Services had been deficient in tracking the firearms-qualification data for at least six years, according to a legislative auditor's report released in December 2012.
In 2010, the DJCS had collected firearms-qualification data from only 51 of the state's 272 police agencies, according to the audit. The DJCS had no accurate way to determine which of West Virginia's more than 3,500 officers were properly trained to use firearms.
However, during the course of the audit, the DJCS installed a new computer system, replacing a 13-year-old system that was long considered obsolete.
The new system, called Acadis, is specially tailored to track police and military training data. Indiana-based software company Envisage Systems built it and trained the DJCS staff to use it in early 2012.
The DJCS now can properly identify which officers and agencies are not in compliance with required firearms qualifications, said Chuck Sadler, state law enforcement training coordinator.
If an officer does not complete firearms qualifications twice a year, the DJCS is required to report that officer to the professional standards subcommittee. That 11-member body would then review the case and decide to revoke or retain the officer's certification.
No police officer has lost certification for not meeting required firearms qualifications. The DJCS had allowed officers who did not submit firearms-qualification data to remain certified.