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West Virginia State Police Academy


The West Virginia State Police Academy is a law enforcement training institution, operated by the West Virginia State Police, located in Institute, West Virginia. The academy trains West Virginia troopers for the State Police force and all newly hired municipal, university police officers, sheriff deputies, motor carrier enforcement and conservation officers from across the state. It is the only law enforcement training school in West Virginia.

The West Virginia State Police has a long tradition of providing outstanding training for law enforcement professionals.


The Academy complex houses:
Three 50-seat audiovisual instruction rooms which facilitate interactive classes. Two classrooms can be connected, by partition, to create one large 100-seat room.

An outdoor firearms range that permits handgun training at a distance up to 50 yards. This 30-position firing range is equipped with a pneumatic turning target system. In addition to handgun, the firearms range is equipped for rifle training at a distance up to 100 yards. The facility has currently been renovated and now includes a separate bunker for ammo, an amorers room and a 36 seat classroom.

Driving simulator for driving instruction.

A cafeteria-style dining room that can accommodate up to 150 people. In addition to feeding recruits and employees, the Academy food service staff serve training participants and seminars from many other agencies.

A gymnasium which includes free weights and exercise equipment. Also a fitness trail and obstacle course for outside training.
A computer classroom which is used for entry level training as well as refresher courses. This classroom can accommodate up to 24 people.
Dormitories for both male and female lodgers with the ability to house up to 216 people.

The Academy also houses the West Virginia State Police K-9, BCI and Medical Section.

The Professional Development Center
One 70 seat audiovisual instruction room which facilitates interactive classes.

One 40 seat computer laboratory which is used for entry level training and refresher courses.

Two 45 seat adviovisual instruction rooms which facilitate interactive classes. One with teleconferencing capabilities.

There is a dress code for the Professional Development Center (PDC) to include casual attire. Unacceptable dress for classroom and cafeteria includes but is not limited to: shorts, tank tops, sweat clothes, sandals, tattered/torn clothing, and hats

The Professional Development Center Dormitories are used to house State Police personnel when attending classes at the Academy.


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