Fairmont State offers courses at the Police Academy in 2023

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WBOY) – Fairmont State University is preparing to offer its Police Academy courses for the first time.

Beginning in January 2023, Fairmont State students and other local officers who are already part of a force will begin a 16-week training course. The course includes rigorous academic challenges to instill skills that cadets can use to better serve their communities today.

Fairmont State Police Academy (WBOY image)

“Studies have shown that officers who have at least some college can empirically show that they make better decisions. They are also less likely to use force and generally have fewer complaints filed against them,” said Fairmont State University Police Chief Jeff McCormick.

“By integrating all of this, we are creating a more complete caddy than you might find at other academies across the country.”

The program will include lessons on legal theory to help with accident investigations, problem solving to defuse situations, and more.

Registration for training is always open to students and law enforcement. More information can be found here.

This is the second police training academy course offered in West Virginia – the first is located in Charleston.