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.

Program Outcomes

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.

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Total Credits: 36