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Allentown Police Academy


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 102nd Academy class beginning April 2018.  Applications due December 1, 2017.

Basic Requirements
for the Academy are:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be at least 21 years of age - there is no maximum age
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • You must have a valid driver's license
  • You must have a clean criminal record. No convictions above a Misdemeanor of the 2nd degree.
  • You must be in good physical condition


Application Process:

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 


        1. Driver’s license

        2. School transcripts – can be unofficial copies

        3. Background check from every state lived in.  For PA residents, go to the Pennsylvania State Police website:   

        4. Proof of citizenship – see the US Citizen and Immigration Services website for acceptable documents to use.

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, 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.***


Contact Information

Chief Glen Dorney
School Director

Sergeant Kyle Pammer
Assistant School Director

Christopher Weiss
Training Officer

Michael Yetter
Training Officer

Donna Cocco
Administrative Assistant

Phone: 610.437.7744

Act 120 / Pre-Service Application
Use this application to register as a civilian entering the Academy as a self-sponsored student; i.e. NOT hired by a police department.

Application if Hired
Use this application if hired, and attendance sponsored, by a police department of the Commonwealth.

Release and Indemnification Agreement

Application Disclosure

Authorization for Background Check