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.
The Training Unit of the Beckley Police Department is under the direction of Capt. Chuck Ragland.
Capt. Chuck Ragland is a graduate of Fairmont State University and the West Virginia State Police Academy. Capt. Ragland is a certified Instructor through the West Virginia Division of Criminal Justice in the following areas:
- Patrol Rifle
- Active Shooter/Active Threat
- Police Mountain Bike
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.