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Municipal Police Academy Program (ACT 120): Non-Credit  (0006)

Our high-quality police training is well regarded by police officers throughout the region. If you are interested in serving your community as a police officer, HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is YOUR place to start.

 

What can I do with this in the workforce?

Police officers serve to protect the residents and businesses of a community, maintain law and order and investigate crimes.

The skills often shared by police offers are compassion, critical thinking, ability to follow orders and effective communication.

 

What is the average salary?

Explore YOUR career with Career Coach! Career Coach is a helpful tool that will assist you in developing a path from your education to the job market. With Career Coach, you can find:

  • Average hourly wages
  • Information about possible careers of interest through a variety of search options
  • Discover what occupations are in demand within the region you select
  • Number of individuals currently employed within that occupation
  • Anticipated number of job openings available – just to name a few! 

You also can view our gainful employment summary for additional information on the opportunities available with the certificate. It includes several sources for cost estimates, financing options and job-placement success rates.

 

What is HACC’s program like?

Successfully YOURS, the Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center at HACC’s Harrisburg Campus is a certified police-training center under the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission (MPOETC). In the training center, you will:

  • Develop proficiency in investigative techniques and verbal and writing skills
  • Develop proficiency in use of firearms and defense tactics
  • Develop proficiency in operation of police patrol vehicles
  • Develop skills in human relations and community-oriented policing
  • Develop skills in patrol procedures and operations
  • Develop skills in crisis management
  • Enforce criminal and traffic laws
  • Meet established standards of physical fitness
  • Receive certification in emergency medical response

You can choose to enroll full time or part time in the academy. Though, municipal police officers and county detectives are required to complete the 20-week program in order to attain certification which is mandated by the MPOETC.

 

What classes will I take?


We encourage you to:
  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.

 

Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

Upon successful completion of the Municipal Police Academy, you may transfer 21 credits (CJ 104 Patrol Operations, CJ 201 Criminal Investigation, 12 criminal justice elective credits and physical education electives) to our associate degrees in police science or criminal justice.
When you complete your associate degree, you can transfer credits to a four-year school.

 

Where can I complete this program?

The entire program is available at the Senator Jeffrey E. Piccola Law Enforcement Complex on the Harrisburg Campus.

 

Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, there are scholarships available. Please visit hacc.edu/scholarships for details and deadlines.

 

When can I apply?

For the full-time classes, please contact us to begin your application process in March to enroll in July and in August to enroll in the January start date. The part-time class is January-December, so please contact us in August.  

 

How can I learn more?

We are passionate about providing a high-quality education and an opportunity for you to pursue your goals. Please contact Beth Dombrowsky, MPOETC school director and commissioner coordinator, law enforcement training, Senator Jeffrey E. Piccola Law Enforcement Complex, at 717-780-2408 for more information.