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Wheeling Police opens academy to the people

Wheeling Police Department is accepting applications for its Citizen's Police Academy.

Wheeling Police Department is accepting applications for its Citizen's Police Academy.

The academy teaches people what it is like to be a police officer, and the skills needed for the job. It includes hands-on learning, job shadowing and a trip to Northern Regional Jail. The classes will be held at the Wheeling City-County Building on Tuesday nights for eleven weeks.

"Our goal is to give people some insight on why we do the things that we do, what our job is like,” said Garrett Pugh of the Wheeling Police Department. β€œIn hopes that they will go back and tell their friends and family, so that when they see something in the news, maybe they will have a better understanding of why we do the things that we do."

The program is free. Participants must be 18-years-old and be of good moral character and able to pass a background check.

Applications can be found online at wheelingwv.gov, or at the Wheeling Police Department Front Desk. The application deadline is Feb. 13.

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