Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a part of law enforcement?
Now, you have the chance.
Applications are open for the 14th class of the Citizens Police Academy with the Wheeling Police Department.
During the class, students will go on a ride along, see the K-9 unit and swat team operations, and even visit the Northern Regional Jail.
You’ll also have the chance to learn about the dispatch center 9-1-1 and go through a firearm simulation.
After graduating, there’s a neighborhood assistance volunteer program where you would be extra eyes and ears for police when they are short staffed.
You’ll also be able to help out with special events and patrol.
Officers said the course is all about better understanding the police.
You don’t even have to be a Wheeling resident to take the 12 week class.
“From week to week, they get something different about the wheeling police department or law enforcement in general. We want folks to get to know us. We want to get to know our community and we want them to get to know our job. Whether that’s the limitations, what we can do, what we can’t do, all of those good things,” said Sergeant Josh Sanders, Wheeling Police.
“This class is absolutely worth it. You get to see things that not everyone gets to see. You get to experience things and feel the hair raise up on your neck, that nervousness and little bit of stress. This is the job we have to do and these are the reasons why we do the things that we do,” added Corporal Garrett Pugh, Wheeling Police.
Classes will be held Thursday nights from 6-9pm.
You can pick up an application at the police department or apply online by clicking here.