Allegheny County Police Training Academy

700 W Ridge Drive, Allison Park, PA 15101

The academy provides classes throughout the year for the continuing education of police officers. The classes are presented to enhance the professionalism, ethics and knowledge of the officers to better…


Phone: 724-935-5566

Allentown Police Academy

2110 Park Drive, Allentown, PA 18103

The City of Allentown is home to one of the finest police training facilities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Allentown Police Academy has been in existence since 1959. Over…


Phone: 610-437-7744

Delaware County Community College Municipal Police Academy

901 South Media Line Road, Media, PA 19063

Delaware County Community College was one of the first schools to conduct police academy training for the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission in accordance with Legislative Act 120….


Phone: 610-359-7386 / 610-359-5367

Deputy Sheriffs Education and Training Board

P.O. Box 1167, Harrisburg, PA 17108

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, through Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff Education and Training Program provides certification and re-certification training to all active sheriffs and deputy sheriffs in the…


Phone: 717-705-3693

Greater Johnstown Career and Tech Center Municipal Police Academy

445 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, PA 15904

The Municipal Police Academy (MPS 0011), located in Johnstown, PA, is a certified unit of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (Act 120). Successful completion…


Phone: 814-266-6073 ext. 133

Indiana University Of Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Training Center

57 S 9th Street, Indiana, PA 15701

As part of the Criminology Department in the College of Health and Human Services at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Criminal Justice Training Center offers noncredit training programs for police…


Phone: 800-303-2752

Mansfield University Municipal Police Training Academy

20 Straughn Drive 210 Memorial Hall, Mansfield, PA 16933

The Mansfield University Municipal Police Academy began a part-time academy January 4, 2016 with graduation December 10, 2016. Our next full-time academy is tentatively scheduled from May 23, 2017 –…


Phone: 570-662-4866

Mercyhurst College Municipal Police Training Academy

16 W Division Street, North East, PA 16428

The Municipal Police Officers’ Training Academy (MPOTA) exists to provide the police officer with quality training, motivation and a positive philosophy of understanding about our society and its value systems….


Phone: 814-725-6121

Montgomery County Community College Municipal Police Academy

1175 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken, PA 19428

Welcome to the Municipal Police Academy of Montgomery County Community College. Since beginning in 1973, the Police Academy has provided basic (ACT 120) and mandatory (ACT 180) training for the…


Phone: 610-278-0659

Pennsylvania State Police Training Academy

175 E Hershey Park Drive, Hershey, PA 17033

The Bureau of Training and Education operates the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey, a classroom at Troop H, Harrisburg and four Regional Training Centers throughout the Commonwealth as noted…


Phone: 717-533-9111

Reading Police Academy at Alvernia University

400 St. Bernardine Street, Reading, PA 19601

The Reading Police Academy is located on the campus of Alvernia University, Francis Hall, 400 Saint Bernardine Street Reading, Pennsylvania. The Academy has been certified since 1976 by the Commonwealth…


Phone: 610-655-6332

Temple University Law Enforcement Academy

580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler, PA 19002

Criminal Justice Training Programs, a division of the Temple University Department of Criminal Justice, is an interdisciplinary unit that has conducted professional development programs for a variety of criminal justice…


Phone: 267-468-8600 (05)

In today’s very unstable times, becoming a police officer is much more dangerous then it has ever been, and police officers have come under much more scrutiny. Now more then ever, police departments need people of honor and integrity, which most police officers do have. Now the more important question is why do people choose to become police officers? It is certainly not for the fame and fortune, that people choose to put their lives on the line. In most cases people choose to do this job because they want to make a difference in their community, city, and state and that is a great reason.

Future Outlook

Now if you are wondering what the outlook is for growth for Pennsylvania police departments, they project that they will fill over 900 positions a year, which is pretty good. However because it is a stable job, and pay is pretty good, you can expect that there will be a lot of people competing for those jobs. In case you are wondering, the average salary for a police officer in the state of Pennsylvania is about $45,000 which is not too bad. Now that salary listed above is the projected salary, and one can expect there will be pay raises built into a pol
ice officer career. Most police officers also incur overtime because of the nature of the job, so officers can make a decent inquiry.

Minimum Requirements

No matter what state you live in, there are always certain minimum requirements any-one must meet in order to become a police officer. There will also be certain examinations and certain clearances that must be met in order to become a police officer. First and foremost, you must be a United States citizen, second you must have a Pennsylvania drivers license, and you have to be between the ages of 21 and 40 years old. Now in most cases a high school diploma or GED is enough, however to separate yourself from the rest.


Now if you meet the minimum requirements, there are certain examinations that a candidate must pass in order to be considered for hire. For starters, a candidate must pass a written and physical fitness test. Now the physical fitness test is designed to be hard, because physical training in the police academy is hard.

A candidate will also have to through a medical examination that states they are medically equipped and able to function as a police officer. They will also need to go through a psychological examination which states that emotionally and mentally they are able to handle the stress of being a police officer. Remember a police officer deals with stress everyday.

Interviews And Background Investigation

If a candidate makes it pass all the examinations and meets all the requirements, then they will have to go through a background investigation. Now the background investigation will include a drug screening, criminal history checks, and fingerprinting. No police department can afford to have a police recruit who has a felony on his record, because it will violate the integrity of the police department.

Now they will also talk to a candidates neighbors, past employers, relatives and references. Their job is to make sure you are a police recruit with good moral character. Now if the candidate clears the background then the potential candidate will have to go through a face to face interview. If the candidate passes that then they will be offered a job, and then the hard work begins which includes going through a hard intense police academy, and all candidates need to be focused on what they will go through.

Police Academy

Now as a candidate prepares to enter into a police academy, the good news is there are 25 approved police academies in Pennsylvania. Now before a candidate enters the police academy they would be smart to start working out before they get there. The reason for that is that the police academy will include daily physical training that is designed to be hard to push you past your limits. A recruit has to know and understand that a drill instructor wants to make sure the recruit can handle the physical part of the job as much as the mental part of the job. They want to make sure that when recruits graduate the academy they can handle the physical part of the job.

However the physical training is only a small part of what you will be trained on. The academy instructors will also spend a lot of time teaching the recruits about the criminal and traffic code for the state of Pennsylvania. They will also instruct recruits on federal offenses as well. For a police officer, knowing their criminal and traffic code is crucial to them being able to do their job on a day to day basis.

Now besides those two areas of training, recruits will spend a lot of time on what is commonly called patrol functions, which is when recruits will be taught how to communicate on the radio, how to properly handcuff a suspect, how to frisk a suspect for drugs and weapons, how to properly restrain a combative suspect, how to write a police report, how to testify in court, and how to do different interview and interrogation techniques.

There are two more areas of note, one is firearms training. The proper use of a firearm when needed is crucial to the survival of a police officer. Firearms instructors will teach marksmanship, how to clean your weapon, safety in handling your weapon, combat shooting and when to shoot and not shoot. All of these can save a police officers life one day so academies take a lot of time on firearms.

Lastly is how to drive a patrol vehicle. Now most people would think if they had a license they should be able to drive. Now that is a true statement but operating a patrol vehicle when the lights and siren on is a little bit different. Most recruits think everyone will pull over, but they don’t. They also believe that those lights and sirens will keep you safe, and that people will move out of your way and you will be invincible but that never happens. Police recruits will also be taught how to drive the patrol vehicle at high rates of speed, how to drive through an obstacle course, and they will even taught how to park their vehicles on traffic stops for safety.

Of course there will be other things they will be trained on, but when a police recruit graduates the police academy and gets certified to work in the state of Pennsylvania, they will have something to be proud of and something no-one can change or take away.

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