The College is open to assist you both virtually and at some select physical locations. Remote learning will continue through the summer and fall sessions. A small number of hybrid classes are offered with limited class meetings on campus and other work assigned online. Visit dccc.edu/coronavirus for more information.
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.
First Semester (23 credits)
Second Semester (13 credits)
Total Credits: 36
In compliance with Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations 668.6 of the Higher Education Act of 2008, click here to obtain information about tuition and fees, and other information associated with Delaware County Community College Gainful Employment Programs.