Courses in Criminal Justice Training

  • 21-001 Legal Updates (required course)

    Three-hour course

    This three-hour course discusses significant pieces of legislation passed after October 1, 2020, that affect police operations and investigations—specifically changes and updates to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Vehicle Code, and Rules of Criminal Procedure. The training program also addresses pertinent court decisions from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Superior and Supreme Courts, the United States Supreme Court, and other federal courts, and explains legal issues directly impacting police procedures and the case preparation process.

    21-002 Juvenile Justice (elective course)

    Three-hour course

    During this three hour elective course, officers will gain an understanding of the areas of the Juvenile Act that relates to their job tasks. They will learn how to apply secure and non-secure holding requirements to juveniles in custody.  Officers will gain awareness of general differences between interviewing adults versus juveniles and gain insight into best practices which allow for positive outcomes.

    21-003 Child Victims of Human Trafficking (elective course)

    Three-hour course

    This is a three-hour elective course discussing Human Trafficking with a focus on child victims and sex trafficking. The course will teach a Victim Centered Response, as victims are the key to successful investigation and prosecution of sex traffickers, but surviving victims are typically severely traumatized with both immediate and long-term consequences. Lessons will define child sex trafficking, identify who is at risk, explain the consequences of child sex trafficking, and other suggestions for addressing the expanded problem of child sex trafficking.

    21-004 Recognizing and Responding to Individuals with Special Needs (required course)

    Three-hour course

    This is a three hour course that will teach officers to employ appropriate communication techniques and de-escalation tactics when interacting with individuals who exhibit behaviors associated with mental illness, intellectual/developmental, and physical disabilities. The training will include information for officers regarding available resources and support systems for individuals with special needs.