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Municipal Police Academy

Westmoreland County Community College offers both a full-time and a part-time police academy each year. The full-time academy classes involve 40 hours per week for approximately 22 weeks and meets Tuesdays through Saturdays, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.

The part-time academy has classes for 16 hours per week (two nights per week, 4 hours each night and 8 hours each Saturday) for 11 months.

Cadet Handbook

Prior to applying to the Municipal Police Officers’ Training Academy, review the Cadet Handbook. The handbook can be accessed by clicking Cadet Handbook. If you prefer a hard copy, please call 724-925-4112 and request a copy of the Cadet Handbook.

2014 Course Offerings

Part-time Academy – Begins Saturday, January 4, 2014. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sundays also scheduled, as needed. Classes are held at the Youngwood campus in the Business & Industry Center in Room 4206. The part-time academy graduates in November.

Full-time Academy – Begins Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Meets daily Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Classes are held at the Youngwood campus in the Business & Industry Center in Room 4206. The full-time academy graduates in November.

Important Dates

  • Application deadline for the part-time academy is October 14, 2013.
  • Application deadline for the full-time academy is March 14, 2014. Note: You cannot apply to the 2014 full-time academy until February 1, 2014.

Curriculum

A broad spectrum of information is presented to satisfy the educational needs of the basic patrol officer. The eighteen areas of study, as mandated by the Commission, include: Introduction to the Academy; Introduction to Pennsylvania Law Enforcement; Physical and Emotional Readiness; Human Relations; Civil and Criminal Laws and Procedures; Use of Force/Defensive Tactic; Motor Vehicle Law; Motor Vehicle Collision Investigations; Patrol Procedures and Operations; Basic Firearms; Principles of Criminal Investigation; Emergency First Responser and CPR; Operation of Patrol Vehicles; Case Presentation; Crisis Management; Families in Crisis; Report Writing; Handling Arrested Persons.

College Credits upon Completion

Upon successful completion of the WCCC Police Academy program, the cadet is eligible to receive up to a maximum of fifteen (15) Criminal Justice credits upon enrollment in the WCCC Criminal Justice program. Those credits include the following courses: CRJ 160-Criminal Law, CRJ 262-Crime Prevention, CRJ 276-Community Relations, CRJ 263-Investigative Concepts and CRJ 296-Introduction to Criminalistics.

History

Since its inception in 1979, the Westmoreland County Community College Municipal Police Officers’ Training Academy has provided police officers with the knowledge and training necessary to perform today’s law enforcement tasks as well as a foundation upon which the officer may continue to enhance his or her police skills and academic knowledge.

All our programs are taught by experts with a collective 300 years of law enforcement experience. The academy is under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission, headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Commission is empowered to implement the statutory requirements of the various police training acts.

Philosophy

In today’s law enforcement community, we find an ever-increasing trend toward true professionalism. This trend is mandated by our society’s concern for a reliable and effective system of criminal justice that uses alternatives to crude and simple physical force. Today’s society will not allow the law enforcement community to return to an era of limited education for police officers.

The officer must be democratically oriented and mindful of the dignity of every citizen. He/she must also be knowledgeable in the technical and legal aspects of this occupation. The Municipal Police Officers’ Training Academy (MPOTA) exists to provide the police officer with quality training, motivation and a positive philosophy of understanding about our society and its value systems. This academy is committed to continue this trend toward professionalism in its training programs so the officer can function in the community as an important member of the law enforcement team.

Miscellaneous

  • Only 32 cadets will be accepted for each academy. If sufficient enrollment is not attained, classes may be cancelled.
  • The cost for the academy is $3,140.00 regardless of residence, which covers your tuition, textbooks and gym uniform (except gym shoes.) You will be responsible for the cost of your uniform and/or other sundries. A complete listing of covered and non-covered items can be found in the Cadet Handbook.
  • If you are not able to make payment in full prior to the start of classes, we offer a payment plan as follows:
  1. One-third due by the first day of class.
  2. One-third due on April 1, 2014 (for part-time) or by July 18, 2014 (for full-time).
  3. Final one-third due by June 2, 2014 (for part-time) or by September 19, 2014 (for full-time).

Note: If you are on the payment plan and leave the academy after the refund period (for any reason), you remain responsible for payment of the full tuition.

  • The academy is not eligible for traditional student loans or traditional grants. Banking institutions may offer private educational loan programs.
  • The WCCC Police Academy is approved by the Veterans Administration. Veterans should contact the Veterans Administration regarding educational benefits that may be available.

Accreditation

The WCCC Municipal Police Officers' Training Academy (MPOETC # 25) and its programs are fully certified through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by MPOETC and are inspected annually by the Commission.