Apply for Municipal Police Officers’ Training Academy

Westmoreland County Community College is accepting applications for its full-time Municipal Police Officers’ Training Academy which will begin June 7 at the Youngwood campus.

The program trains students for police officer positions in Pennsylvania cities, boroughs and townships.  Some of the courses offered include criminal law, police procedures, firearms, emergency vehicle operation, criminal investigations, physical fitness, defensive tactics and laws of arrest.  The academy is certified by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC).

Former federal law enforcement officers and military police officers may seek a partial waiver of basic training, in accordance with Act 165 of 2012, from the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.  Once the waiver is approved, former federal law enforcement and military police officers may enroll in the abbreviated 287-hour program at WCCC.

The 800-hour program runs through October.  Classes will meet daily Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Youngwood campus.

Academy graduates are eligible to receive 15 college credits upon enrolling in the WCCC Criminal Justice associate of applied science degree program.

Tuition for the WCCC Police Academy, now in its 37th year, is $3,950 for the 800-hour program and $1,290 for the partial waiver program, and covers most of the cadets’ expenses, excluding uniforms and footwear. The application deadline is April 15.  For application materials for the 800-hour program, visit wccc.edu/policeacademy or call 724-925-4112 for more information.