Police Academy Alumnus Named President of Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association
(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA • November 3, 2022)—Nether Providence Police Chief David Splain, a graduate of Delaware County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy, recently was appointed the 2022-2023 president of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association at the association’s annual conference at Kalahari Resorts in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania.
After graduating from the Police Academy in 1984, Chief Splain began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the North Wildwood Police Department in New Jersey. Later, he served part-time as a police officer for Darby Borough and then full-time for the Yeadon Police Department prior to being hired as Nether Providence’s police chief. He has served on the executive board of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association since 2018, most recently as first vice president.
Chief Splain also has served on the executive board of the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania since 2016, serving as the president in 2020; he is currently the association’s secretary. In addition, he served from 2015-2021 on the executive board of the Delaware County Police Chiefs Association, serving as its president in 2020. He is also a member of the International Police Chiefs Association. Chief Splain holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Widener University and a Master of Science in Public Safety from Saint Joseph’s University
Upon successful completion of the Delaware County Community College Municipal Police Academy program, graduates 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. The faculty includes active chiefs of police, police supervisors, assistant district attorneys from Delaware County, and others in the law enforcement field.
Training and coursework is conducted at Delaware County Community College’s Marple Campus, 901 South Media Line Road, Media. The full-time Academy begins in January and July of every calendar year. The part-time Academy begins in January and ends in December.
More than 95 percent of the municipal police officers in Delaware County and more than 75 percent of the police officers in Chester County are Delaware County Community College Municipal Police Academy graduates. The Police Academy provides the basic training (Act 120) curriculum required for every municipal police officer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and in addition conducts mandatory Act 180 in-service training for current municipal police officers. The Municipal Police Academy has been serving the community since 1977.
Photo Caption: Nether Providence Police Chief David Splain, an alumnus of Delaware County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy, has been appointed 2022-2023 president of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.