Municipal Police Academy

Municipal Police Academy graduation

Welcome to Delaware County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy, serving the community since 1977 and continues to this day.

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. It now serves as a leader in providing local and regional departments with the most well qualified and prepared candidates.

The Police Academy provides the basic training (Act 120) curriculum that is required for every municipal police officer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to work as police officers in Pennsylvania.

The Academy is certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Our faculty includes active chiefs of police, police supervisors, Assistant District Attorneys from Delaware County, and many others in the law enforcement field.

Training and coursework is conducted at Delaware County Community College’s Marple Campus, located at 901 South Media Line Road, Media, PA 19063. In addition, we also conduct mandatory (Act 180) in-service training for current municipal police officers. This training is provided at locations across Delaware and Chester Counties.

For more than 30 years, the Police Academy has produced 95 percent of all police officers in Delaware County, and 75 percent of the Chester County police force.

About the Act 120 Basic Program

The Act 120 basic program is a comprehensive, mandatory, 752-hour program designed to prepare an individual for certification to become a police officer within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. View the official program certificate requirements and competencies.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Municipal Police Academy

  • What is the Municipal Police Academy?
    Delaware County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy is a licensed (0013) Pennsylvania Police Academy. 
  • What does the Academy teach?
    The Academy teaches the basic curriculum of Municipal Police Training as mandated by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.
  • What is the function of the Academy?
    The function of the Academy is to provide training that will qualify individuals to perform the duties of a municipal police officer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Who may be admitted into the Academy?
    Both sworn and unsworn applicants are eligible for admission. Unsworn applicants are individuals who are pursuing careers in Law Enforcement. Sworn police officers already have police jobs but must attend the Academy to satisfy state training requirements.
  • Where are classes held?
    Classes are held at Delaware County Community College, located at 901 South Media Line Road, Media, Pennsylvania. Telephone: 610-359-7386. 
  • When are classes scheduled?
    Full-time (day) classes meet Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., for approximately 21 weeks. Full-time classes begin in January and July of each calendar year.
    Part-time (evening) classes meet on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., and on at least nine (9) Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Part-time classes begin in January of each year and end in December of that same year.
  • What is the cost of Academy training?
    Tuition for the program is $4,364 (effective January 1, 2013), which includes books.
  • Is there a dress code?
    Cadets are required to wear black pants, a white long-sleeve dress shirt, black tie, black belt, black socks and black shoes.
  • How can I receive additional information on the Academy and/or a registration form? 
    By contacting the Academy at 610-359-7386 or 610-359-5367. Or email.