On March 31, 1919, Governor John J. Cornwell signed legislation creating the Department of Public Safety, commonly known as the West Virginia State Police. Colonel Jackson Arnold of Weston was appointed the first superintendent.
Legislation Creating the Department of Public Safety
"New Superintendent of Police Body Here for the Organization"
Letter From Superintendent Jackson Arnold to Sam Taylor (First Trooper)
"'Mere Military Color': The State Police and Martial Law"
On This Day in West Virginia History: March