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Program Overview

  • The Criminal Justice Training Center at IUP is certified by the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) to provide Act 120 training. The CJTC operates several municipal police academies designed to provide Act 120 training and certification. See Current Academy Schedules for locations and dates.

    As a recruit, you will obtain the knowledge and professional skills necessary to enter the law enforcement field. Graduates are qualified to be hired as officers in cities, boroughs, townships, and municipalities in Pennsylvania.

    The 750-hour curriculum is mandated by the MPOETC. Cadets must successfully complete twenty-two exams, covering eighteen modules of training, with a minimum score of 75 percent. One failure can be made up by repeating the module, but MPOETC requires dismissal after a second failure.

    The following is a list of the modules to be covered during the academy.

    Academy Overview

    • Introduction to Academy
    • Introduction to Law Enforcement in Pennsylvania
    • Physical and Emotional Readiness
    • Laws and Procedures
    • Defense Tactics
    • Motor Vehicle Law/Enforcement/Accident Investigation
    • Motor Vehicle Collision Investigation
    • Patrol Procedures and Operations
    • Principles of Criminal Investigation
    • Human Relations
    • Crisis Management
    • Families in Crisis
    • Basic Firearms
    • Operation of Patrol Vehicles
    • Report Writing
    • Case Presentation
    • First Aid and CPR
    • Handling Arrested Persons

    For detailed information regarding the academy physical conditioning requirements, refer to the MPOETC website and go to Health and Wellness.