Citizens Police Academy


The intended result of the academy is to give our residents a better understanding of what we do and how we do it.  We hope to also build an ongoing working relationship with those attendees that will extend through the coming years in our mutual fight against crime and disorder.

We believe that the more educated the public is about how the police department operates, the more trustworthy and less feared we become.  The classes offered will cover our basic operations and will be instructed mostly by members of the Parkersburg Police Department.  All classes are designed by members of the police department and are intended to give overviews of the area taught.

Ten sessions will be held with classes taking place one night a week, generally from 6:00 p.m. to around 9:00 p.m. Many of the classes will contain “hands on” work for the attendees.  Class members will also have the opportunity to ride with a police officer during a tour of duty.  There is no charge to attend the academy.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.

No date has been set for the next class.


  • Class 1:  Orientation/Department Administration/Operations
  • Class 2:  Criminal Investigations/Juvenile Investigations
  • Class 3:  Use of Force/Traffic Stops/Taser
  • Class 4:  DUI’s/Prisoner Processing
  • Class 5:  Evidence Technician/Crime Scene Processing
  • Class 6:  Narcotics
  • Class 7:  Canine Unit
  • Class 8:  Firearms/S.W.A.T.
  • Class 9:  Computer Crimes/Chaplain Program
  • Class 10:  Mock Court Case/Graduation
  • To Be Scheduled:  Ride-Along with Uniform Division


All applicants for the Citizens Police Academy must:

• Be at least 18 years of age.
• Undergo a criminal background check.
• Be a Wood County resident.
• Must be able to attend all classes.


Click here for an application.

Contact the Chief’s Office for more information at 304-424-8444.