Citizens Police Academy start date scheduled

PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg Police Department is ready to conduct another session of its free Citizens Police Academy.

Classes will begin on March 21 and will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays through May 23. Deadline for applications is March 8. Applications can be downloaded from and also are available at the Parkersburg Police Department or the police substations in City Park or at 401A 13th St.

The last Citizens Police Academy filled the 25 slots available in the first week of accepting applications, department spokesman Sgt. Greg Collins said.

To qualify, you must be a Wood County resident, be at least 18-years-old, undergo a criminal background check and must plan on being at all classes.

The intended result of the academy is to give residents a better understanding of what police do and how they do it, Collins said. The hope is to build an ongoing relationship with participants in the mutual fight against crime and disorder, he said.

“We believe that the more educated the public is about how the police department operates, the more trustworthy and less feared we become,” he said.

Classes will cover basic operations and will be instructed by members of the department. All classes are designed by members of the department and are intended to give overviews of the area taught.

Ten sessions will be held. Many of the “hands on” classes involve riding with a police officer during a tour of duty.

Projected course curriculum:

Class 1: Orientation, department administration and operations

Class 2: Criminal investigations and juvenile investigations

Class 3: Use of force, traffic stops and Taser

Class 4: DUI’s and prisoner processing

Class 5: Evidence technician and crime scene processing

Class 6: Narcotics

Class 7: Canine unit

Class 8: Firearms and S.W.A.T.

Class 9: Computer crimes and chaplain program

Class 10: Mock court case and graduation

Ride-Along with the Uniform Division will be scheduled.

The classes are posted in the order they are scheduled to be presented, however, due to the nature of police work, it may become necessary to change the class topic for any given night to accommodate an instructors needs.

For more information, call the contact the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-8444.