The Citizen Police Academy is a 11 week program intended to foster relationships with the citizens of Wheeling in order to provide them with a working knowledge of the policies and limitations of the Wheeling Police Department. This program helps to increase the trust and confidence of our citizens in our ability to provide effective public safety, and creates better understanding between the citizens of Wheeling and the Wheeling Police Department through education.

The lead instructor of the program is Lt. Phil Redford.  Cpl J. Sanders is the assistant instructor.

To qualify as an applicant, you must be at least 18 years of age, of good moral character and pass a background check. There is no cost to attend this program.

Students will learn from local professional in the criminal justice field including police officers, judges, attorneys, victims’ advocates and many more. Additionally, students will take trips to the W.V.N.R.J., and police firearms range as well as participate in a police ride along.

Applications can be obtained on line at or at the front desk of the Wheeling Police Department. Application Deadline is Friday, February 22nd. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lt. Phil Redford at 304-281-6624.

The Citizen Police Academy was created to:

Classes have numerous guest instructors.


CPA is a free program open to anyone over the age of 18. Students will have the opportunity to ride along on patrol with Officers in the field. Due to an overwhelming response up to two classes are held. One on Mondays and the Other on Wednesdays from 6-9 pm. The average class size is around 18 students

As the Citizen Police Academy evolves it will flow into Police working with Community Volunteers.

Volunteers will assist the Police Department with traffic and major incidents.
Community volunteers will help free up patrol by answering phones, filing, data entry, and other non law enforcement jobs

The Citizen Police Academy has been very successful.  To date there have been over 140 graduates from 10 classes.  Graduates and Police agree that the CPA has strengthened the bond between the Police and the public.

Classes are held at the City County Building located at 1500 Chapline Street.  Class #11 is scheduled to begin May 2016.  The meeting day and times are to be announced in the near future.   Click here for more information on class #11


 Contact Lt. Phil Redford or Cpl. Josh Sanders with any Questions
at 304-234-3675 or /







CPA GRADUATE CLASS #2 06/14/2010 


CPA GRADUATE CLASS #3 01/03/2011 



CPA GRADUATE CLASS #4 06/06/2011





CLASS #8 MAY 2014 






CPA CLASS #10 DEC 2015


Wheeling Police Department Celebrates the 6th Anniversary of the

Citizen Police Academy!!