CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY

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Beckley Police Department

Citizen’s Police Academy

What is the Citizen’s Police Academy?

The Beckley Police Department strives to build lasting relationships with the Beckley Community. We know that at times, there has been uncertainty and uneasiness when citizens deal with law enforcement not only locally but nationwide. It is important that we create a natural environment where our community feels comfortable asking questions and learning about law enforcement.

The Citizen’s Police Academy is intended to open the lines of communication between the citizens and the Beckley Police Department. This is a program conducted yearly and is designed to familiarize citizens with the “how/what/why” of police procedures and provide an opportunity to interact with our officers. Our goal is to produce informed citizens wo can take the information they have learned back into their respective area and share with friends and colleagues and have a better understanding of police operations.

In addition to classroom training, students are given the opportunity to:

  • Ride with patrol officers
  • Tour and observe the operation of the Emergency Operation Center (911 Center).
  • Participate in hands on activities and participate in several role-play exercises and scenarios.

IMPORTANT: While completion of the course gives citizens an understanding of the workings of the Beckley Police Department, it does not make a participant a certified law enforcement officer, nor is it designed to train citizens to perform law enforcement duties.

Who can participate?

Participants can be any Beckley and Raleigh County residents, merchants, and students who are 18 years of age or older. A criminal history check will be conducted to verify the information provided by the student. There is a maximum enrollment of 15 students, and the class is subject to cancellation if the minimum enrollment is not met of 10 students.

New applicants will be given priority over those applicants who have graduated from a previous BPD Citizen’s Police Academy.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Must be a resident of Beckley or Raleigh County
  2. Must be 18 years of age or older.
  3. Must produce valid photo identification.
  4. May not presently be under indictment or under an order of protection from the Courts.
  5. May not have a felony conviction against them.
  6. May not have any misdemeanor arrests two years prior to the academy entrance date.
  7. May not have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility.
  8. Will provide the department with a release for a criminal background investigation.
  9. Will sign a waiver of liability to participate in the program.

When is the Citizen’s Police Academy?

To Be Announced

How do I sign up?

Please read all requirements and expectations expected from all students before submitting your application. You can complete your application by clicking on the link below or pick up an application at the Beckley Police Department.

*FINAL ACCEPTANCE TO THE ACADEMY IS AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE*

Expectations for participants:

Participants are expected to be in the Police Department classroom on time and ready for class. Class will start promptly at 6:00 p.m. and end at approximately 9:00 p.m. However, if we run late and you have a commitment and must leave, feel free to do so. Students can miss no more than 2 classes with good cause to graduate.

No dangerous or deadly weapons are permitted to be carried or concealed by students of the academy.
Information shared with the students may be regarded as confidential. Please do not pass on information which may not be appropriate to the general public.

We will ask you to evaluate the academy and its instructors. The purpose of the evaluation is so we can make improvements to the program. Your ideas and comments are very important to us.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Community Services Officer with any questions. 

Sgt. David J. Bailey
Community Services Officer
Beckley Police Department
(304) 256-1847