As part of community placing efforts, the Philippi Police Department held a Citizens Police Academy.
Citizens of Philippi have been taking classes taught by officers of the department for the past 7 weeks.
Thursday was the final night where they investigated a mock crime scene.
This was an opportunity for the students to experience the scene and work atmosphere of an officer.
Each student was assigned to an officer and was instructed through the process.
“With the war on police now, it’s kind of nice that we can get a positive outlook for our citizens. They actually get to see what we go through and see what police work is really like,” said Jeff Walters, Chief of Police.
In this particular scenario, the crime scene was a car crash and one of the drivers was DUI. During the investigation they find stolen property in the vehicle. The students were able to use everything they learned in the classroom and apply it to the investigation. They interviewed suspects, made arrests, performed a search warrant, and went in front of a magistrate with the search warrant.
Citizens took courses on an array of subjects including Accident Investigation, Crime Scene Investigation, Interview and Interrogation, DUI, and Arrest Procedures.