Beckley Police Department Will Hold Citizens Police Academy

BECKLEY (WOAY) – The Beckley Police Department is pleased to announce the 2018 Citizen’s Police Academy. The purpose of this Academy is to foster better communication between citizens and the Beckley Police Department through education.

The goal of the Citizens’ Police Academy is to educate Beckley’s citizens about the structure and activities of their police department. The CPA class is not a “training” class, but is an exciting “information” class, a behind- the-scenes look at the Beckley Police Department. The CPA program operates on the premise that informed and educated citizens will be more supportive of police officers and the department and will be more productive within their own neighborhoods and communities.

The 10 sessions offered have been created to provide first-hand knowledge of police units, services and front line experiences.

There will be demonstrations, criminal justice facility tours, and hands on training with a use of force simulator. Information will also be presented on domestic violence, drug investigation, use of force, evidence collection, criminal investigations, police ethics, criminal law, and motor vehicle law.

The CPA starts March 15, 2018. Class size is limited to 20 students. Registrations will be accepted for Beckley and Raleigh residents, merchants, students who are 18 years of age or older. A background check will be conducted on all accepted applicants.

Applications can be downloaded online at or from the Beckley Police Department Records Devision.

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