Criminal Justice Training Center

  • Simulated drill with officers and firearms at the Criminal Justice Training Center

    Update, April 1, 2020:

    Please continue to follow the directives from our March 24 update. If you have any questions, please contact Dolores Karcher at or 724-357-6943.

    Update, March 24, 2020:

    Due to the coronavirus emergency, beginning immediately until further notice, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Training Center will only accept requests for police academy applications via our Marketplace. Sending a request through the US Mail will no longer be accepted. You can make your $30 application fee payment through the IUP Marketplace with a credit card. Please take the following steps to make payment and print the application packet:

    1. On the IUP Criminal Justice Training Center home page, click on the link Training Programs.
    2. Then click on Act 120 Municipal Police Academy.
    3. Then Application Process.
    4. Click on Criminal Justice Training Center Marketplace.
    5. Pay your $30 application fee with a credit card. Make sure you click on the link for the academy you want to apply to (full-time or part-time). More info on these academies can be found on Current Academy Schedules.
    6. Now, to obtain your application packet, go back to the “Application Process” page.
    7. Click on Application packet to print the packet.
    8. Please only complete the application form. You DO NOT have to complete the physical evaluation at this time. You will be notified when you should schedule your physical exam.
    9. You can either scan and email the completed application form to, or fax it to 724-357-3989.

    Any questions, feel free to email,724-357-6943, or, 724-357-3987.

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Criminal Justice Training Center is following the guidelines of the president and the Governor of Pennsylvania and is suspending all classroom operations to include all Act 120, all Act 180, and all non-mandatory service police training until further notice. After the state of emergency has been concluded, all of the above programs will be re-instated.

    The scheduled Act 120 full-time police academy for IUP main campus set for June 2020, and Robert Morris University part-time academy set for August 2020, at this point have not been affected. All intentions are to start as scheduled.

    The above, however, is dependent upon circumstances as they develop. Please continuously check this web page for updated information on these training programs. Starting today Wednesday, March 18, this web page will be updated weekly, every Wednesday, until this emergency situation is resolved. If you have any questions, contact Program Coordinator Marcia Cole at 724-357-3987 or Director Dennis Marsili at 724-357-3988.

    IUP’s Criminal Justice Training Center offers training programs for police recruits and law enforcement personnel. The training center prepares students for entry into the law enforcement field, serves federal/military law enforcement students eligible for the Act 165 Partial Waiver Training Program, provides in-service training to enhance skills of current law enforcement personnel, provides initial preparation for mandatory re-certification in lethal weapons training for security personnel, and prepares individuals for certification and annual re-certification as Pennsylvania State Constables.

    Become a Police Officer

    The CJTC offers Act 120: Municipal Police Academy certification programs at two locations: the IUP main campus, and Robert Morris University. With a mix of full- and part-time options, you can get your certification when it fits your schedule. Check the Current Academy Schedules to see when the program is offered at each location. 

    Get In-Service Training

    From mandatory trainings for current Pennsylvania police officers, to voluntary training to specialized training programs, the CJTC offers a number of options. Visit the Act 180: Mandatory In-Service and Non-Mandatory In-Service Training for course offerings and dates. 

    Pennsylvania State Constables

    Find a variety of Act 49 Pa. Constable Trainings, including mandatory basic firearms and optional trainings throughout 23 counties in northern and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

    Training Programs

    Get more information on our criminal justice training programs, including Act 120: Municipal Police Academy, Act 180: Mandatory In-Service, Act 165 Police Academy Partial Waiver Program, Act 49 Constable Training Program, and non-mandatory in-service training.

    How to Apply or Request Information

    Learn how you can request an application for the Act 120 training.

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