Education/Training Classes

There are several training opportunities throughout the year for PCPA members and associates to attend.
Please check our Events Calendar for a listing of events and locations.



Spring 2017 Police Physical Fitness Coordinator Class

Full Certification & Re-certification is available. 

40-hour course consisting of lecture and hands on training geared toward Police Department Fitness Coordinators and M.P.O.E.T.C Fitness Instructors. Some topics of discussion are legal issues surrounding police fitness programs and testing, safely developing incumbent programs for police departments using A.C.S.M. guidelines, M.P.O.E.T.C. testing and training, strength and endurance training and testing methods, body composition and basic nutrition training. Successful candidates will be certified by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association as Police Fitness Coordinators.

Click here to register: Police Physical Fitness Coordinator Class

* Re-Certification is 6 hours on Day 3 [Wednesday, June 7, 2017]

Cost: $395 Full Certification  •   $95 for Re-certification

Location: Allentown Police Academy

Dates: June 5-9, 2017 

Attire: Casual. Bring fitness clothing as well.

Students receive a 45-minute lunch break each day.

For questions, please contact Alexandra at or 717-236-1059 ext. 106



ALICE training in Punxsutawney, PA. on May 18 & May 19, 2017

 information regarding this training can be found on




Bucks County Crisis Communication Training on May 15 & May 16, 2017



Substance Abuse Prevention for First Responders
First Responder Addiction Treatment / Livengrin Foundation

Total Time: 3 Hours

Goals: The First Responder will benefit from an integrated awareness-prevention training program promoting behavioral health and wellness throughout the first responder’s career. The program will target substance abuse prevention and education for law enforcement, fire personnel, and EMT’s on alcohol abuse, problem drinking, pain medication abuse, critical incident stress, and the Drug-Free Workplace Policy.

Location: We will schedule around specific departmental needs. We will travel to your department with all necessary materials and logistics. 

Pre-requisites: No Pre-requisites

Target Audience: Statewide Pennsylvania First Responders

Method of Instruction/Training Aids: PowerPoint, Video, Facilitation, Discussion, and Handouts

Learning Objectives: The participant will be able to:

1. The attendee will be presented with an overview of the program, and the
importance of the substance abuse issues in today’s society and the critical demand for their ethical and professional behavior while on or off duty; as well as the needs to address the disease of addiction.

2. The attendee will observe through a video presentation by former First Responders (including retired and current law enforcement officers / firefighter personnel), the serious ramifications of an off duty car accident involving the death of the other vehicle’s driver, while under the influence. He was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and served 5 years and 11 months in State Prison.

3. The attendee will understand the first responder culture and its impact on character, and it’s perspectives on workplace and personal behaviors.

4. The attendee will define “stress” as it relates to internal and external sources. First Responder training and duty has a relative impact on one’s personality and communication styles, the attendee will learn the effects of such processes.

5. The attendee will identify learned negative behaviors from stress and its relationship with alcohol and pain med abuse.

6. The attendee will be provided with information of the effects of law enforcement work stresses on the family.

7. Health and Wellness are important integrations in responding to the body’s response to stress, the attendee will be educated on the physical and nutritional values in stress reduction.

8. The attendee will be provided with information on alcohol abuse, alcoholism, pain medication, opiate abuse and the criteria for disease model.

9. The attendee will understand the differences between moderate and problem drinking, responsible use, and alcohol abuse.

10. The attendee will define the disease of alcoholism and strategies to lowering risk.

11. The attendee will learn the effects of critical incidents and PTSD; organizational commitment to intervention and support.

12. The attendee will be provided with information of the Peer Counseling services and the value of informal resolution, the various avenues of assistance and additional resources will be explained.

13. The attendee will observe through a video presentation of a firefighter’s family speaking on their son’s suicide and actions and behaviors that lead to the tragedy.

If you are interested in attending this class, please email or call below.

Dennis Hallion, Retired – New Jersey State Police, Grant Manager [Substance Abuse Education & Demand Reduction Fund]
Livengrin Foundation
4833 Hulmeville Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Cell: 609.923.6056




The Indiana Township Police Department Will be hosting a 2 ½  day training course on 
                       April 3rd, 4th & 5th 2017   Class Time: 08:30 HRS to 16:30 HRS      
            Conducting Police Officer Involved Shooting Investigations 


Training Goals and Objectives
There is arguably no single event that can traumatize a police agency more than a police officer involved shooting incident. The criticism and intense scrutiny generated by the media, community activists, the general public, and the criminal justice system itself, can be enormous. Civil judgments resulting from such cases can debilitate a police organization for years, have an adverse effect on employee morale, and hamper agency effectiveness through the erosion of public opinion. It is, therefore, imperative that every police department prepare in earnest for this inevitable eventuality. It is also essential that the investigator charged with the task of leading a police officer involved shooting investigation become as equally prepared.


The purpose of this course is to provide attendees with a basic investigative model that is applicable to all officer-involved shootings incidents, regardless of the size of their department. Police officer involved shootings are vastly different from any other type of investigation. The stakes for the shooting officer and his department are so high that it is imperative that the investigation be conducted in a prescribed manner. This course will provide those in attendance with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to handle any deadly force incident.


Training Audience, Format and Content
This course is intended for those investigators who are specifically assigned to the criminal as well as the administrative investigation of officer involved shootings and in-custody deaths. It is also appropriate for those detectives or uniform personnel who may be required to assist in these types of investigations. Mid-level police managers and police administrators as well as crime scene technicians, medical examiner/coroner investigators, supervisors, military investigators, criminal analysts, and prosecuting attorneys would also benefit from the training.


The course is conducted in 2½ day sessions.  Instruction is provided through the use of a PowerPoint presentation that makes liberal use of authentic crime scene photographs. This ensures that the topics discussed are portrayed as realistically as possible. Numerous handouts and videotapes are used as instructional aids. 


Daily content and course schedule:
Day One:
  • Definitions of Deadly Force / Model Use of Force Policies
  • The Use of Force Matrix
  • Landmark Court Decisions (Garner v. Tennessee, Graham v. Connor, Garrity v. New Jersey, etc.)
  • Lethal Force Statistics
  • Federal intervention in law enforcement agencies including Consent Decrees
  • Why Is the Investigation So Important?
  • Who Should Conduct the Investigation?
  • Fait Accompli
  • The Shooting Team Concept
  • The Three Phases of a Lethal Force Investigation
  • Proper Procedures at Police Shootings
  • How to Handle the Shooting Officer
  • Interviewing Witnesses and Witness Officers
  • The Role Of Internal Affairs
  • The Police Shooting Checklist
Day Two:
  • The Police Shooting Crime Scene (Mincey vs. Arizona )
  • Perceptual Distortions
  • How Subjects Are Shot in the Back
  • How to Prepare for the Grand Jury or the Inquest
  • Multi-jurisdictional Investigations
  • In-depth Examination of Gunshot Wounds (Contact, Intermediate & Distant)
  • The Autopsy (Pattern Injuries, Coup / Contra Coup, Surrender wounds, Defensive Wounds, Supported Wounds, etc.)
  • Time of Death (as it relates to In-Custody and Arrest-Related Death investigations)
  • Suicide By Cop
  • Post Shooting (Post Traumatic Stress disorder)
  • The Dark Side of Officer Involved Shootings
  • Unfounded Shootings
  • Shooting At Moving Vehicles
  • Shootings of the Mentally Ill
  • Shots Fired...Officer Down (The Officer as a Victim)
  • When Police Officers Commit Murder
Day Three (½):
  • In Custody and Arrest- related Deaths (SIDS, Cocaine Psychosis, Excited Delirium)
  • Pepper Spray and Hogtying Deaths
  • Taser associated deaths
  • Media issues in  In-Custody and OIS cases
  • Report  writing and related documentation
  • Case Studies
Students should be forewarned that the content of this course contains numerous death scene photographs that are highly graphic and intense. Due to the sensitive nature of this material, attendance is restricted to sworn law enforcement personnel, or those directly involved in the criminal justice system.
The cost per attendee will be $250.00 or $235.00 per attendee if two or more attendees are from the same agency. Refreshments will be provided. All checks should be made payable to Indiana Township, and received by March 31, 2017. If class would be cancelled due to lack of interest, all checks will be returned and you will be notified by email .
If you are interested in attending this class please fill out the attached registration and email it back to:
Detective Steve Colucci []
Indiana Township Police Department 
3710 Saxonburg Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15238
(412) 767-5333 ext. 344
(412) 767-4042 FAX