Office of Professional Standards

Sgt. Bill Nolan.jpg The Office of Professional Standards (OPS) was created in September 2012 by Chief Shawn Schwertfeger.  The Office of Professional Standards has oversight on all citizen complaints to ensure that a complete and thorough investigation is conducted regarding complaints filed against Wheeling Police Officers.  The Wheeling Police Department appreciates that the citizens we serve are willing to come forward to express concerns about police conduct.

The citizens that the Wheeling Police Department serves should be assured that the Office of Professional Standards takes all complaints against department members seriously and every case is investigated thoroughly and is handled in compliance with established laws and internal policies.

Because internal investigations records are considered confidential by the State of West Virginia and the policies of the Wheeling Police Department, the Office of Professional Standards cannot provide information regarding the investigation or its outcome.  Regardless of the outcome, every complaint investigation creates an opportunity for the officer and the Wheeling Police Department to make adjustments which hopefully will improve relationships with the citizens we serve.

The Office of Professional Standards is administered by Sgt. William H. Nolan, Jr. Sgt. Nolan has been employed with the Wheeling Police Department since October 1990, where he spent 23 years in the patrol division before his appointment to the OPS.


Contact: Sgt. William Nolan, Jr.

Phone: 304-234-6406 / Email: wnolan@wheelingwv.gov