The Citizen Police Academy is a 11 week program intended to foster relationships with the citizens of Wheeling in order to provide them with a working knowledge of the policies and limitations of the Wheeling Police Department. This program helps to increase the trust and confidence of our citizens in our ability to provide effective public safety, and creates better understanding between the citizens of Wheeling and the Wheeling Police Department through education.

To qualify as an applicant, you must be at least 18 years of age, of good moral character and pass a background check. There is no cost to attend this program.

Students will learn from local professional in the criminal justice field including police officers, judges, attorneys, victims’ advocates and many more. Additionally, students will take trips to the W.V.N.R.J., and police firearms range as well as participate in a police ride along.

Applications can be obtained on line at or at the front desk of the Wheeling Police Department.

The Citizen Police Academy was created to:

Classes have numerous guest instructors.


CPA is a free program open to anyone over the age of 18. Students will have the opportunity to ride along on patrol with Officers in the field. Due to an overwhelming response up to two classes are held. One on Mondays and the Other on Wednesdays from 6-9 pm. The average class size is around 18 students

As the Citizen Police Academy evolves it will flow into Police working with Community Volunteers.

Volunteers will assist the Police Department with traffic and major incidents.
Community volunteers will help free up patrol by answering phones, filing, data entry, and other non law enforcement jobs

The Citizen Police Academy has been very successful.  To date there have been over 140 graduates from 10 classes.  Graduates and Police agree that the CPA has strengthened the bond between the Police and the public.

Classes are held at the City County Building located at 1500 Chapline Street.  The next class is scheduled to start March 2nd 2017.  Applications are being accepted now for this class. 

Spring 2017 Application

Spring 2017 Media Release


 Contact Sgt. Josh Sanders with any Questions
at 304-234-3664 /