Mandatory In-Service Training (MIST)

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

Important Information for 2022

There will be a significant change for mandatory in-service classes for 2022. All officers will still be required to complete 12 hours of in-service training to maintain their Act 120 certification. Beginning January 2022, ALL four 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 toHACC by MPOETC.

In 2022, Legal Updates, Understanding Bias, Use of Force, and Control Tactics are  mandatory courses and must be taken by every certified municipal officer. All exept Control Tactics can be taken in person or online.  Control Tactics is a practical course and must be taken in person.  Departments can request to have an officer who is certified in DT to become a temporary MIST instructor for this course only.  This must be done through an Academy.  Visit the MPOETC website, Control Tactics page for more information.

Department who are not maintained in TACS, but who are permitted to take the MPOETC courses will have to pay $50 per officer for Legal Updates (22-201) and Control Tactics (22-302).  Students must register and pay $50 for Legal Updates and Control Tactics in order to take the other two courses free of charge. There is a separate process in place for these departments. Please contact our office for more information if you are one of these agencies.

Please Note: The Mandatory In-Service Training (MIST) requirement consists of four courses for 2022.


Legal Update 22-201 Mandatory (Four hours MPOETC credit) $50

A required three-hour course highlighting recent and pertinent court decisions and significant pieces of legislation passed that affect police operations and investigations.  Lessons will address changes and updates to the Pennsylvania Crimes Codes, 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.


Understanding Bias 22-601 (Four hours MPOETC credit) $0

required three-hour course that will focus on helping police officers recognize and understand how bias, specifically implicit bias, can affect interactions with diverse citizens and the communities they serve.  Along with incorporating Procedural Justice (PJ) principles and the Critical Decions-Marking Model (CDM), officers will continue to build self-awareness and develop strategies to covercome bias.


Use of Force 22-301  $0

A required two and one half-hour course that will review legal concepts and issues that impact the use of force and use of deadly force in law enforcement today.  The course will cover modern decion-making concerns in the areas of de-escalation, harm reduction techniques, the duty to intervene, and liability issues.  Use of Force 22-301 is a pre-requisite course.  It must be completed and passed before taking Control Tactics 22-302 (a practical application).


Control Tactics 22-302  $50

A required three and one half-hour course that will provide use of force appication.  Officers will physically interact with instructors.  After a short review of concepts learned in Use of Force, there will be a review of universal principles regarding body positioning and reactionary gap concepts.  There will be a review and application of single and two-person handcuffing techniques, as well as a practical demonstration of simple control techniques for standing and grounded passive resistant subjects.  Control Tactics 22-301 is a participation course.  Officers will participate to the level of their ability.


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, HACC 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 2022 Law Enforcement Training Calendar.

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