The Wheeling Police Department is giving citizens a rare, behind-the-scenes look at its operations by offering a citizens academy. Participants who take part in the 11-week program will learn the ins and outs of the police department.Officers tell News 9 it's a good way to build relationships with people in the community and clear up misconceptions some people have about police work.The program begins in March and is free to the public. It's funded through the police department, and officials say the cost will be minimal. Police will use current staff to run the course and will have space available. The course will allow citizens to learn more about investigations, forensics, traffic stops and other topics. Citizens will not be able to make arrests or handle firearms.