Time and opportunity being more abundant recently, I have been able to complete a long-felt desire by producing this monograph.
While conducting the research, I was struck by the scarcity of published materials focused on state police in general, and the WVSP in particular.
Download This Page in PDF Format Among state police departments [the West Virginia State Police] may, with its long and arduous experience, be regarded as a battle scarred veteran. None have contributed more to the safety and well-being of the citizens whose lives and property it protects or to the strength and development of democracy within a state.--Col. Clare Hess, Superintendent, Department of Public Safety (West Virginia State Police) Twelfth Biennial Report (1940-1942) NEW INTRODUCTION (1998) This is a minor rewrite of my original monograph, "Sixty Years of Service: A History of the West Virginia State Police, 1919-1979" (Copyright, 1979).
It helped develop a new era of policing in the United States. I want to thank Sergeant Ric Robinson, Director of Media Relations, West Virginia State Police, for his support in the electronic publication of this study. Cole ORIGINAL INTRODUCTION (1979) This is a history of the origins and development of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), the fourth oldest state police agency in America, now entering its 60th year of public service.
Many historians have observed the "moral decline" which frequently follows a major war.
Perhaps the most unpleasant aspect of such a decline is the propensity to accept violence as a means of achieving goals or resolving problems.
Although others contributed information, facts and opinions, I am solely responsible for the contents of this study. Cole PART I Chapter 1: The Climate of Post-War America Chapter 2: West Virginia - The Violent Heritage Chapter 3: Political Maneuvering Chapter 4: The Creative Act of 1919 Chapter 5: Getting Organized PART II Chapter 6: The Mine Wars, 1919-1929 Chapter 7: Depression and Recovery, 1929-1939 Chapter 8: War Service, 1939-1949 Chapter 9: The Drive for Traffic Safety, 1949-1959 Chapter 10: Professional Progress, 1959-1969 Chapter 11: Reorganization and Redirection, 1969-1979 Appendices Appendix A: Evolution of the State Police Concept Appendix B: Superintendents of the WVSP Appendix C: WVSP Organization Structure Appendix D: WVSP Field Organization Notes CHAPTER 1: THE CLIMATE OF POST-WAR AMERICA The Department of Public Safety (DPS)--more familiarly known as the West Virginia State Police (WVSP)--is the fourth oldest state police agency in the United States (see Appendix A).
It was established in 1919 by an act of the West Virginia Legislature.
To my knowledge, Colonel Conti's book on the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) is the only recent (1977) publication of comparable detail.
Most of this study is based on official WVSP reports and other primary sources.