Now Accepting Applications

The Beckley Police Department is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the Beckley Police Department Junior Police Academy.

The Academy is a one-week program designed to increase a better understanding between students and the police through education. Students will learn from law enforcement officers in the classroom, during demonstrations and hands-on training scenarios.

Academy participants are not actually trained for police work. Students will have a better understanding of the day-to-day responsibilities and duties that officers are tasked with on a regular basis.

This program is not a disciplinary, recreational or underprivileged camp. This is not a behavior correction academy.

The Junior Police Academy will be held Monday, June 24, 2024 – Friday, June 28, 2024 and a second session will be held Monday, July 22, 2024 – Friday, July 26, 2024 at the Beckley Police Department. The Academy times will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Class size will be limited to 21 students per session.

There is no cost and it is open to students 11-14 years old (Current 5,6,7,8 & incoming 9th grade students). Students interested in attending the JPA must complete the Academy Application and the Agreement and Release forms. Students can obtain an application at the Beckley Police Department. The applications and forms can be emailed to

Sgt. WallAttention: Sgt.
Beckley Police Department304-256-4642 
501 Neville St. Beckley, WV  

Students interested in this informative program must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between 11 – 14 years of age
  • Be a resident of Raleigh County
  • No school truancy issues
  • No misdemeanor or felony arrests
  • Alcohol and drug free
  • No school discipline issues

Each student will receive an Academy T-shirt and will be required to wear them every day of the academy.

Lunch will NOT be provided to each student. The Academy cannot accommodate special dietary or nutritional needs or allergies other than allowing students to bring their own lunch if they choose and we will keep it cool for them.

There will be lunch provided and graduation ceremony at the conclusion of the academy on Friday. Students and family members are invited to attend. For more information, contact Sgt. J. Wall ( at 304-256-1720

If you are a local business and would like to assist the Beckley Police Department’s JPA please follow the link below.

Donation Information Letter

Donation Pledge Form