Mandatory In-Service Training (MIST)

Learn about MIST training at HACC's Law Enforcement Complex (Piccola.)

Important Information for 2023

There will be a significant change for mandatory in-service classes for 2023. All officers will still be required to complete 12 hours of in-service training to maintain their Act 120 certification. Beginning January 2023, ALL 4 of the MPOETC courses will be provided by HACC, AT NO COST to certified municipal officers and/or county detectives (those whose records are maintained in TACS by MPOETC).

Departments will still register their officers for the MIST training as always, but there will be no charge and therefore, no billing for any of the four MPOETC in-service courses. Departments will not pay and will not be reimbursed for tuition for these four courses – all tuition reimbursement will be paid directly to HACC by MPOETC.

In 2023, Legal Updates and Tactical Communications are mandatory courses and must be taken by every certified municipal officer, AND they must be completed by June 30th. Criminal Investigations and Officer Wellness are the other two elective courses that can be taken to satisfy the yearly MIST requirement. Also, MPOETC-approved CLEE courses can be taken in place of the two elective courses.


Departments who are not maintained in TACS, but who are permitted to take the MPOETC courses will have to pay $25.00 per officer for any of the four (4) courses for 2023. A Permission to Bill form must be completed for these officers.

Please Note: The Mandatory In-Service Training (MIST) requirement consists of 4 courses for 2023.


Legal Update 23-201 Mandatory (3 hrs MPOETC credit/mandatory) $25

A three-hour course highlighting pertinent court decisions and significant pieces of legislation that affect police operations and investigations. Lessons will address changes and updates to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Vehicle Code, and Rules of Criminal Procedures as well as decisions from Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts, various Federal Courts, and the United States Supreme Court. A final segment of the course will focus on topics such as the issue of excessive charging by police officers and the different jurisdiction and authority of the various law enforcement agencies and officers throughout the Commonwealth. The course will also take a thorough look at issues officers have faced which either helped or hindered court decisions and the outcomes concerning such decisions.

Tactical Communications 23-301 Mandatory (3 hrs MPOETC credit/mandatory) $25

A three-hour course that will help officers recognize and identify components of a crisis event. Lessons will focus on officer responses that help initiate safe resolution and de-escalation of aggressive actions, as well as communication methods and techniques which have proven effective in bringing a crisis event to a safe conclusion through voluntary compliance.

Criminal Investigations 23-401 (3 hrs MPOETC credit/elective) $25

A three-hour course, structured as three independent sections, that will provide an overview of investigations, including the concept of investigative sufficiency, evidence collection, report writing, and courtroom testimony, as well as an in-depth look at burglary and death investigations.

Officer Wellness 23-501 (3 hrs MPOETC credit/elective) $25

A three-hour course exploring the effects of trauma experienced by police officers in the line duty, with a focus on identifying successful coping strategies that can be incorporated into a personalized wellness plan and utilizing available resources. The course will take a close look at various obstacles impacting officers’ ability and willingness to seek help when it is needed. Themes throughout the course will be the responsibility officers have to themselves, as well as to notice when their fellow officers are exhibiting signs of trauma and the appropriate intervention strategies they can use to help.

MPOETC – MIST Training

  • Programs are available to all law enforcement agencies with payment of tuition. Registration is made to the Welcome Center, along with a tuition payment or a completed permission to bill form.

    Please be advised that confirmation letters will be faxed to the police departments or other agencies no later than one week prior to the start date of each class.

    For departments who prefer to prepay for law enforcement elective and forensic classes, we accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard or Discover), checks and money orders.

    Please Note: Courses with a MasterCard number listed have been approved by the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) for credit toward an officer’s continuing law enforcement education requirement.  Please maintain a copy of your certificate from these courses to offer for proof of attendance at the end of the certification period. Some courses are not yet MPOETC approved; please check MPOETC for courses approved after this calendar was released.

    Departments will have the responsibility to report this information to website at the end of the certification period, not MPOETC.

    For a complete list of the HACC – Elective courses, please view the 2023 Law Enforcement Training Calendar.

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