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Wheeling Police seeking applications for Citizens Police Academy program

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Have you ever wondered what it is really like to be a police officer? How they make split-second decisions to keep the community safe?

There’s a way for you to learn the ins and outs at the 13th Citizen Police Academy.

Students are set to tour the Northern Regional Jail, participate in a “shoot, don’t shoot” simulator, ride alongside officers working, and hear from magistrates, attorneys, Public Information Officer Philip Stahl, and more.

Instructor Corporal Garrett Pugh said the academy is a perfect way for people to really understand the job.

“Our ultimate goal as police officers is to come do our jobs and go home at the end of the day, and so we have to make split second decisions and just to get people to understand that and then they can go spread the word to their friends and family,and hopefully get as many people on our side as we can,” said Pugh.

To qualify, you need to be at least 18-years-old and pass a background check.

Classes will be from 6 to 9 p.m. in the basement of the city-county building. Classes start on February 27th.

If you have questions, call (304) 234-3664 and ask to speak with instructor Sergeant Josh Sanders.

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