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Wheeling's 8th Citizens Police Academy class graduates

Updated: Wednesday, May 28 2014, 10:37 AM EDT


The Wheeling Police Department honored graduates of their 8th Citizens Police Academy class Tuesday evening.

The Citizens Police Academy teaches the ins and outs of law enforcement.

For 11 weeks, students learned police tactics from behind the scenes.

"It shows people the reality behind law enforcement as opposed to what they may see on TV and it shows our limitations as things aren't always as Hollywood depicted them," Lt. Phil Redford with Wheeling Police Department said.

Every week students learned different aspects of law enforcement. Each and every student found something they enjoyed.

"I liked driving in the police car. It was exciting," Percilla Speights said.

"Week 8 when Officer Sanders did the crash reconstruction," Stephanie Whipkey said.

Graduates dedicated their time for the safety of Wheeling and are now ambassadors for the Wheeling Police Department.  They all said they learned a lot and the class ended too soon.

"It's completely different on the law enforcement side because we got to see aspects of law enforcement that the general public doesn't usually get to see," James Dague said.

Two-hundred citizens have graduated from the class so far. All alumni can take the next step and become a part of the Neighborhood Assistance Volunteer program.

Wheeling's 8th Citizens Police Academy class graduates

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