Opportunities Available With Wheeling Police Department

Wheeling police Sgt. William Nolan prepares to head out on patrol. The city is seeking to fill three vacancies on its police force. Photo Provided

Anyone considering a career in law enforcement may have a new opportunity because the Wheeling Police Department is looking for a few more good officers.

The department is still looking to fill three vacant positions, with a total of 69 officers on staff and several of them still in field training, according to department spokesman Philip Stahl.

“We’re just trying to get the word out that we are always looking to attract more people, including minorities and female officers,” Stahl said.

Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said he has taken steps to attract more females and minorities by visiting West Liberty University in recent months. He hopes to receive some attention from criminal justice students.

“I would love to diversify. We’ve mentioned females and I have attracted some female candidates in the criminal justice class at WLU and had about three or four women in the class that were interested. I worked really hard to attract them to apply,” Schwertfeger said.

According to Schwertfeger, those who apply and attend the physical agility test must meet requirements that have been updated and altered in the last few years.

Accepted applicants must prepare to train for several months before patroling the streets, according to Stahl who said the changes were made to meet State Police standards.

“There is a physical agility test,” he said. “Don’t just sign up and wait until April 14. You have at least three weeks to get in shape for the exam.”

Applications will be accepted through March 23 with an agility test and exam taking place at 9 a.m. April 14 at West Virginia Northern Community College in downtown Wheeling.

Applicants must successfully complete 18 push-ups in one minute, 28 sit-ups in one minute, and a 1.5-mile run in 14 minutes and 36 seconds.

A study guide is provided to assist applicants before testing. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and no older than 40. Individuals applying must not have a criminal background, current drug usage or domestic violence history.