Municipal Police Academy Training
The Municipal Police Training Academy at Mercyhurst North East is one of 16 certified academies in the state and the only one in northwest Pennsylvania to offer Act 120 certification. This certification is required for many law enforcement jobs , including municipal police work. Upon completion of the training, graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions as police officers, deputy sheriffs, municipal authority officers, park rangers, and security guards. The Academy office is often contacted with job openings, which are posted for the police cadets. Recruiters from various agencies also come to the classroom.
Two 21-week sessions are held each year, ending on the first weeks of February and July, with classes held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cadets can complete the Academy and obtain 16 college credits, which may apply toward a two-year degree program in criminal justice.
The next academy class begins February 20, 2012. Apply to the academy today!
Lethal Weapons Training
The only Corrections Academy accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, this four-week training program prepares corrections employees for the many complexities of working in an institutional corrections setting. This corrections training is open to current corrections employees who are required to complete this training.
In-Service Police Training
Pennsylvania police officers are required to complete 12 hours of mandatory in-service training annually in order to maintain their Act 180 certification, and Mercyhurst North East's Police Training Academy is one of several sites in the state that offers this training. Officers attend a two-day session to maintain their certification, taking courses determined by the Municipal Police Officers Education&Training Commission. The instructors for these courses, all of whom also teach courses in Mercyhurt North East's Act 120 program, must attend training and pass a test each year in order to be certified to teach. Only persons who have completed Act 120 and are currently employed can attend these classes.
Fire Service Certification Program
The purpose of this program is to identify and recognize emergency service personnel whose accomplishments in training and education meet or exceed nationally recognized standards. The NFPA standards for Fire Service Professional Qualifications identify the minimum requirements for a person at a particular level of progression. The program includes recognition of participating departments that support, promote and encourage their emergency response personnel to voluntarily certify.
The Public Safety Institute offers the following certification opportunities:
Fire Science Instructor I
Local Level Training Program
This type of training continues to strive toward increasing the effectiveness of the local fire fighter by centering training on local needs and using local equipment and apparatus. Courses may be scheduled on an "as needed, where needed" basis.
John Villa, logistics coordinator
Phone: (814) 725-6240
Today, more than ever, professionals trained to protect the lives and property of others are a vital need in our society. Mercyhurst North East’s associate degree in criminal justice, with concentrations in crime analysis and law enforcement, prepares students for careers in this high demand field.
Students in this program are prepared for entry-level careers in law enforcement, corrections, and private security. The degree can also be coupled with the Municipal Police Training Academy and after successful completion, students will meet the requirements to become a municipal police officer in Pennsylvania.
Plus, all credits are accredited, so they will transfer to virtually any four-year college or university, should you decide to further your education.