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Courses in Criminal Justice Training

  • 17-001 Legal Updates

    Three-hour course

    This is a three-hour Mandatory In-Service Training (MIST) course covering important legal issues affecting and important to municipal police officers. This training program will cover topics such as:

    1. Changes and updates to the Crimes Code
    2. Changes and updates to the Vehicle Code
    3. Changes and updates to the Rules of Criminal Procedure
    4. Changes to other statutes related to law enforcement

    Through this course, Instructors will examine, review and explain significant court cases relevant to police officers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The overall goal of the curriculum is to demonstrate how the outcome of these cases directly impacts how police officers perform her or his duties. Additional goals of this course are to improve officer safety, to increase convictions, and to reduce civil liability to police departments. Other content included through this module provides discussion relating to any other unique legal issues that developed in 2017.

    17-002 Procedural Justice

    Three-hour course

    This three-hour required course defines and explains the core concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy and teaches officers how to build respectful relationships with members of the community while improving officer safety and their professional work environment.  The training will discuss the research behind procedural justice, the benefits of incorporating procedural justice strategies, and techniques associated with implementing procedural justice tactics to improve community/police relationships.

      17-003 Drug Overdose Response

      Three-hour course

      This three-hour course addresses initial contact procedures for suspected or known opioid overdoses, individual physical assessment, evidence recognition and preservation, interviews, substance identification, and officer safety issues.  The training program also includes information on the administration of Naloxone and meets the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Drug and Alcohol Program's training standards required for officers to carry and administer Naloxone.

      17-004 Intelligence Policing

      Three-hour course

      This three-hour course examines the services provided by intelligence centers and the ways in which these services can assist police officers.  The training program will help officers recognize the indicators of criminal and terrorist activity, understand the National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, and develop their ability to appropriately recognize, report, and respond to threats within their community.