Centre County Citizens' Police Academy

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Take a look at the 2019 Academy!

The State College Police, Penn State Police, Ferguson Township Police, and the Patton Township Police departments are proud to offer the Centre County Citizens’ Police Academy in a continuing effort to foster a better police-community partnership.

The citizen’s academy would like to invite residents of the State College Borough, College Township, Harris Township, Ferguson Township, Patton Township, and Penn State University to participate. To apply, please click here to fill out the application.

**Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and  must pass a background check to be accepted into the academy.**

The Citizens’ Police Academy is designed to give participants a glimpse behind the badge and to provide information about training, policies, and the many units and divisions within local police agencies. The primary objective of the citizens’ academy is to build a better understanding between citizens and the police departments through education and to help citizens make informed decisions about police services, police activity, and why the police can or cannot take action. The police departments benefit by becoming more aware of the community from the participants’ interaction and input, which makes the academy a two-way learning experience.

Classes may include:

  • Defensive Tactics / Use of Force
  • PSU/SCPD Bomb Squad
  • PSU K-9 Unit 
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC)
  • Firearms
  • Tactical Response Team (TRT)
  • Police Scenarios
  • Department of Public Safety Communications (911 call center)
  • Centre County Court System
  • Ride-Alongs

The academy is free of charge. However, the class will be limited to 30 students. The Centre County Citizens’ Police Academy seeks people from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds when selecting participants. Candidates from diverse ethnic backgrounds, cultural backgrounds, orientations, age groups, communities and professions are encouraged to apply in order to enrich class discussions and strengthen community relationships.

***This program is not an accredited certification course to become a sworn police officer.

Updates and more information coming soon

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