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The City of Allentown is home to one of the finest police training facilities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Allentown Police Academy has been in existence since 1959. Over 2800 officers from 155 different municipalities have been trained at our facility.
Our facility offers the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission Act 120 Basic Recruit Training Program. This is a 754 hour training program geared for municipal police officers. The program consists of 18 subject areas. There are academic as well as hands-on training classes. Some of the classes you will have include: Criminal Law, Firearms, Defensive Tactics, First Aid, Patrol Procedures, and Investigations plus many more. You will be tested on the material presented. You must pass each test with a 75% or better to pass the course.
Classes usually begin in February and July of each year. Each session lasts for 21 weeks. Class hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. In addition, there may be a few night classes per session, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The tuition is $4300 and is non-refundable. There are no student loans or grants available for the course other than the military GI Bill. Tuition must be paid in full the week prior to class starting. In addition to the tuition, you are also responsible to purchase a classroom uniform, physical training uniform, weapon, holster, duty belt, and testing fees.
We are currently accepting applications for the 101st Academy class beginning July 2017. Applications due March 1, 2017.Basic Requirements for the Academy are:
1. Complete the Pre-Service Application, Release and Indemnification Agreement, Application Disclosure, and Authorization for Background Check Forms.
a. Send the application packet, along with a copy of the following documents, to Allentown Police Academy, 2110 Park Dr., Allentown, PA 18103
School transcripts – can be unofficial copies
Background check from every state lived in. For PA residents, go to the Pennsylvania State Police website: http://www.psp.pa.gov/Pages/Request-a-Criminal-History-Record.aspx
Proof of citizenship – see the US Citizen and Immigration Services website for acceptable documents to use. https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/proof-us-citizenship-and-identification-when-applying-job
2. Attend an information session. These will be held approximately 3-4 months prior to the class starting. You will receive a letter and/or email informing you of the dates the sessions will be held.
3. The next steps are: a medical exam, a physical fitness test, a reading test, a psychological exam, background check, and a personal interview. These will be explained in detail a the information session.
4. To see the physical fitness requirements, go to www.mpoetc.state.pa.us, Click on Training, then click on MPOETC Fitness Charts.
***All areas must be satisfactorily completed to gain admission. The Allentown Police Academy's School Director and/or the Allentown Police Department's Chief of Police will have the final decision on all admissions.***
Assistant Chief Glen Dorney
Sergeant Michael Becker
Assistant School Director
City of Allentown - 435 Hamilton Street - 610-439-5999