Frequently asked questions about the Criminal Justice Training Center.
Is the police academy approved for financial aid and veterans' benefits?
Can I arrange a payment plan for the tuition?
Yes. If you choose the two-payment plan, a one-time fee of $10 is added to your account. If you choose the three-payment plan, a one-time fee of $30 is added to your account.
Do you offer job placement?
We do not have a formal job placement service, but many police departments notify the CJTC when they are hiring, and the information is posted at all academies. We also possess the National Directory of Law Enforcement Administration, which lists all positions in the criminal justice system (local, state, and federal) in the United States and some other countries. Cadets also have computers available in the classroom to search Internet sites.
Will I be able to get a job out of state with Pennsylvania Act 120 training?
Yes, providing the state in question has reciprocity. In most cases, the required course work for certification in another state would be courses relating to state laws (such as vehicle codes and crimes codes).
What is the employment rate for graduates of the program?
In the fall of 1995, we surveyed students who attended our program from 1992 through 1994. Of those who responded, 71.1 percent were currently employed in law enforcement.
Do you have a waiting list for enrollment?
No. Because of the number of programs we offer at satellite locations, we are able to enroll our applicants in a timely fashion after they have made application to the program.
Do you have a good reputation in the field?
Yes, most definitely. Our outstanding reputation has been developed by word of mouth. Our cadets and those who are affiliated with us are quick to tell others of their positive and rewarding experiences with the program.
Will military police experience result in any waiver of the required hours?
Yes. Contact MPOETC for more information.
For what other jobs will Act 120 qualify me?
Act 120 is necessary for any municipal police job or county detective position (with the county district attorney's office). However, many other occupations prefer that you have this training. Some of those professions are the Attorney General's office, campus police, parks and recreation, game commission, forestry department, fish and boat commission.
Is acceptance into the program made on a first-come, first-served basis?
No. Not all applicants are accepted. We carefully screen each applicant to ensure he or she meets our requirements and those of MPOETC. Applicant acceptance is based on the evaluation scores and the documents in the application packet.
Is the academy like boot camp?
No. We expect every cadet to act in a professional manner. We expect every person to maintain a high level of self-discipline. We do not permit inappropriate behavior in the classroom at any time. Cadets are considered IUP students and are subject to university regulations as well as the academy rules and regulations.
Are there females in the courses?
In an average class of forty students, approximately three to six are female. It seems that we have more females enroll in the part-time programs than in the full-time programs.
Is the $30 application fee refundable?
Am I allowed to use my own gun for firing range activities?
No. All cadets must use the center's firearms.
Do you wear uniforms at the academy?
Yes. Cadets wear black/navy pants, a gray academy golf-style shirt (purchased through IUP), black socks, a black belt, and black shoes.
For what length of time is the training good?
At present, there is no time limit. You will hear rumors that you have to get a job within one or two years after graduating from the academy, but this is not true.
May I take the Act 180 (In-Service) updates?
Only if you are a currently employed municipal police officer.
Are housing and meal plans available for the full-time police academy students at the campus?
Yes, housing and meal plans are available through IUP for an additional fee. Once a student is accepted, the information will be mailed by the Office of Housing and Residence Life. The link to IUP information will connect you with the IUP website and further information, although the police academy time frame is not exactly the same as the semester, so costs will be somewhat different.
Is there a maximum age limit for someone applying to the academy?
There is no age limit; however, candidates should be in good physical condition. All applicants are required to pass the physical evaluation (stress test) and physical requirement pre-tests within a qualifying percentile.