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Colonel Jackson Arnold, first superintendent of the Department of Public
Safety
Colonel Jackson Arnold, first superintendent
of the Department of Public Safety


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.

Learn more:
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"


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