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Act 49: Pa. Constable Training

The Criminal Justice Training Center of Indiana University of Pennsylvania is an authorized training provider for the Pennsylvania State Constables’ Act 49 Training Courses offered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and the Constables’ Education and Training Board. The center provides all mandatory free training for elected or appointed Pennsylvania constables for the Central region of Pennsylvania.

The Central Region of Pennsylvania - includes the counties of Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Tioga, Union, and York. 

Our training schedule begins in February and runs through October of each year.

Constable Basic Training (Eighty (80) hours)

This course of instruction is divided into ten modules of instruction and is designed to provide newly-elected or appointed constables and deputy constables with training on such topics as: civil law and process, criminal law and procedure, mechanics of arrest, use of force, defensive tactics, prisoner transportation, courtroom security, crisis intervention, and professional development. This is a required course for all newly elected or appointed constables and deputy constables in order to perform judicial duties and to be paid by the courts.

Constable Firearms — Basic Firearms (40 hours)

The objectives of the course are set forth by regulation by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Constables’ Education and Training Board for a total of 40 hours. This course is mandatory for any constable and deputy constable who desires to carry a firearm while performing their duties. This course, through lecture, class discussion, and demonstration, explains the principles of basic marksmanship skills and teaches the fundamental skills of marksmanship required of a constable and deputy constable. Basic Firearms classes are scheduled to run after the Basic Training classes. Constables must complete a Basic Training Class and obtain certification prior to registering for and attending Basic training.

Constable Continuing Education (20 hours)

Each year, constables and deputy constables are required to complete twenty hours of Continuing Education training in order to maintain their certification. This program changes annually but is generally divided into four topic modules which change yearly depending upon CETB directives.

Constable Firearms — Annual (20 hours)

This program is designed to provide yearly refresher training to certified constables and deputy constables to improve upon the basic techniques presented in the Basic forty-hour course. It also serves as criteria for advancement to the advanced firearms training modules. It consists of a series of lectures, laboratory, and practical exercises that provide aid in the improvement of the safe manipulation of a service re­volver/pistol. It stresses safe handling techniques, proper cleaning, and correct weapons handling skills and marksmanship.

Constable Firearms — Advanced Firearms (20 hours)

The objective of the course is set forth by regulation by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Constables’ Education and Training Board for a total of twenty hours. This course consists of a series of assessments, laboratory, and practical exercises that ensure that the constable and deputy constable meets the PCCD firearm certification requirements. The prerequisites to attend this course is successful completion of a previous Annual Firearms Training with a score of at least 88 percent with primary duty weapon for the Qualification Course.

Optional Courses

The objectives of these courses are set forth by regulation by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Constables Education, and Training Board and change from year to year. Training topics are designed to enhance a constable and deputy constable skills and to add some variety to the normal required training. These classes are optional and participation is by choice.

Contact:

Mike Marcantino, Program Director
724-549-1929 for more information

Reference:

Visit the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency site. Select the link for Training/Certifications, then select the link for Constables Education and Training Program.

  • Constable Training Program
  • R&P Building
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4055
  • Fax: 724-357-4090
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.