Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy is a 13-week program that gives the public an opportunity to have a unique insiders’ perspective on law enforcement and become closely acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the department and its many divisions, units, staff and volunteers.

During the course, participants will have a front row seat and hands-on interactions on various policing topics. Speakers include local professionals in the criminal justice field including police officers on the local and federal levels, prosecutors, attorneys, and victims’ advocates. Additionally, participants will take field trips to the Northern Regional Jail, the City-County Building, take part in a police ride along and try out many new features at the department’s new headquarters, including a firearms simulator.

To qualify as an applicant, you must be at least 18-years-old, of good moral character and pass a background check. There is no cost to participate in this program, however there is a limit to the number of participants.

After graduating from the Citizen Police Academy, participants can join the CPA-AA (Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association). The CPA-AA is a non-profit group that supports the efforts of the Wheeling Police Department and the Citizens Police Academy.

CPA Contact: Lt. Josh Sanders
Phone: (304) 234-6434