Municipal Police Academy, Certificate
All students successfully completing this certificate will earn thirty-six (36) credits, an ACT 120 certificate and be eligible to begin work as a Municipal Police Officer.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Apply principles of police discretionary conduct.
- Describe the role of personal and professional conduct.
- Depict police leadership traits and techniques.
- Analyze psychological barriers to confrontation by police of their own emotional and psychological problems.
- Analyze the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitution provisions that provide the legal basis for the exercise of police power.
- Recognize provisions of Pennsylvania statutes that define criminal conduct.
- Cite provisions of the Mental Health Act, Protection from Abuse Act, Liquor Control Act and Crime Victims Compensation Act.
- Identify major provisions of the Controlled Substance Act pertinent to their enforcement capacity.
- Apply appropriate provisions of the Motor Vehicle Code to specific factual situations.
- Define reportable and non-reportable, traffic and non-traffic motor vehicle collisions.
- Apply standard accepted principles of police patrol.
- Delineate Miranda-warning requirements.
- Define a preliminary investigation.
- Apply principles of preliminary, crime site and follow-up investigation.
- Apply principles of interview and interrogation.
- Differentiate criminal investigation from civil investigation.
- Identify the impact of role awareness, reference groups and motivation of human behavior.
- Describe Constitutional and other legal requirements for arresting an individual or taking the individual into custody.
- Demonstrate procedures required for arrest of individuals and for searches of those taken into custody.
- Delineate unique problems involved in the detention of mentally ill, emotionally unstable and physically handicapped individuals.
- Illustrate proper procedures for use of pistols, shotguns and holsters.
- Operate police vehicles under normal and emergency circumstances.
- Describe the officer's responsibilities for civil and/or criminal penalty in case of police vehicle accident.
- Illustrate written reports and note-taking skills.
- Apply principles of emergency medical care to crisis situations.
- List emergency medical problems confronted by police officers.
- Describe various violent and dangerous situations, more particularly those involving domestic disputes, mentally ill individuals and violent criminals.
- Identify proper procedure to handcuff suspects or prisoners.