Police Academy/Act 120

Learn about Police Academy/Act 120 training at HACC’s Law Enforcement Complex (Piccola)

Professionals train here!

If you have decided to attend our Academy, or are seeking more information on our Academy, we absolutely believe you have made a great decision…the right decision!

Many departments chose the HACC Municipal Police Academy program to train their new hires, who are called “in-service cadets.”  We are proud to serve these departments. 

Additionally, people who are seeking an edge in securing an officer position, by completing their Academy training first, seek us out due to our outstanding reputation. We produce a highly trained individual—who is immediately ready for employment!  These are our “pre-service cadets.”

So, whether you are in-service or pre-service, we stand ready to serve you!


The HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College (HACC) Municipal Police Academy (919-hours) – General Information

As the need for education and training of municipal police officers increases, the Piccola Law Enforcement Complex (PLEC), at the HACC, continues to meet this need!  Our Academy is a certified law enforcement training center under the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) ACT 120.

The HACC’s Municipal Police Academy is offered in two (2) different “formats,” a full-time and part-time academy.

The full-time academy is conducted twice a year, over a 25-27-week period.  The Academy sessions are conducted from January until late June/early July, and then from July until December.  The part-time academy is one (1) yearlong and runs from January until December.

The course of instruction for both, the full and part-time academies, are identical and consists of all major phases of police service, including a significant component of situational training.  All curricula conforms to the MPOETC standards.  Once a cadet graduates from their academy, they will possess the initial skills and information necessary to begin his/her police career!

Police Academy Outline
  • Intro to the Academy
  • Intro to Law Enforcement in PA
  • Laws and Criminal Procedures
  • Juveniles
  • Human Relations
  • Responding to Special Needs
  • Homeland Security
  • Vehicle Code Enforcement
  • Crash Investigation
  • Patrol Procedures and Operations
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Drug Law Enforcement
  • Case Preparation
  • Operation of Patrol Vehicles
  • Physical and Emotional Readiness
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Firearms
  • Emergency Response Training
  • Handling Arrested Persons
  • Scenarios and Practice Exercises

Note: Individuals who successfully complete the Act 120 Police Academy program may be eligible to receive up to 21 credits, if they enroll in the Criminal Justice Program.


“In-Service Cadet” – Applicants who have been hired by an agency – All municipal officers and county detectives must complete the basic training program (the Academy) prior to performing any police-related duty within their department.

“Pre-Service Cadet” – Applicants not yet hired by an agency – A number of pre-service recruits may attend the HACC Police Academy on a space-available basis.



Academy instructors are dedicated law enforcement professionals who possess considerable academic and practical experience. In fact, approximately 90 percent of the faculty have served—or are serving—in law enforcement positions. We are very proud that our instructors are considered Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in the material they instruct.


NOTE:  Before starting any workout program, you should consult your physician to make sure you physically able to do so safely!

All applicants will be required to pass an entry physical fitness test to gain admission to the Academy.  The standards are set by the MPOETC.  We strongly encourage you to take a look at the standards, as presented in the document/link below:

MPOETC Fitness Charts (pdf)



For general questions, you may email the Academy at the following email address:  policetrng@hacc.edu ; or you may call us at 717-780-2593.

We are accepting applications now!

The 123rd Police Academy will run from July 5, 2023 through Dec. 21, 2023. 

Pre-service applicants (those who are not hired by an agency) should click on the following link for more information:  Academy Pre-Service Link

The Physical Fitness Entry Testing dates begin on April 15th; and all application paperwork must be received by 2400 hrs (12 p.m./midnight) est on Friday, June 16, 2023.

If you decide that you want to apply, email us at policetrng@hacc.edu, and let us know.  We will send you the application link, which will include all of the Physical Fitness Entry Testing dates.

ATTENTION ALL AGENCIES – there is still time to get your in-service cadet into the 123rd.  Please email us at policetrng@hacc.edu for specific directions.



The 124th (full-time) and 25th (part-time) Police Academies will begin in January 2024.

Detailed admissions information is now available below.