The Training Unit provides and coordinates training for all sworn officers including in-service training, roll-call training and outside training. The unit also keeps and maintains training records for all employees.
Captain Ragland is a 20-year veteran of the Beckley Police Department. He grew up in Beckley and is a 1993 graduate of Shady Spring High School. Ragland began his career at the Beckley Police Department in 1999 and graduated in the 105th Basic Class from the West Virginia State Police Academy in 2000. Ragland is a 1998 graduate of Fairmont State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Ragland was selected and attended the FBI National Academy in 2019 and is a graduate of the 278th session.
Captain Ragland served most of his time at Beckley Police Department in the Patrol Division. Ragland has been a K-9 handler, shift supervisor and shift commander in the Patrol Division.
Captain Ragland’s current assignment is Training Division Commander and currently oversees training and development of all BPD officers, firearms qualifications and training, recruitment, Field Training Officer program, Citizen’s Police Academy, and the Junior Police Academy. Captain Ragland is a certified instructor through the West Virginia Division of Criminal Justice in the following areas:
- Handgun (State and NRA certified)
- Patrol Rifle
- Tactical Shooting (NRA Certified)
- Active Threat
- Police Mountain Bike
- Tactical Medicine
The Beckley Police Department recognizes the importance of training and is committed to providing the best training available to all personnel. The Beckley Police Department Training Unit is dedicated to developing the skills, knowledge and service delivery of sworn and civilian employees. We will provide comprehensive training to ensure our citizens are provided quality, public safety services while being treated with professionalism, dignity and respect.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit”. Aristotle
Training has been cited as the most important responsibilities in any law enforcement agency.
DSC Training serves three broad purposes:
- First, well-trained officers are generally better prepared to act decisively and correctly in a broad spectrum of situations.
- Second, training usually results in greater productivity, self-reliance, and effectiveness.
- Third, it fosters cooperation and unity of purpose.
The Beckley Police Department conducts an average of 5,000 hrs of continuing education a year.