Education/Training Classes

There are several training opportunities throughout the year for PCPA members and associates to attend.



Bureau of Justice Assistance - VALOR - Officer Safety Training 

This training is designed to prepare today's law enforcement professionals for duty and can help improve officer safety by introducing and reexamining essential skills that every law enforcement professional should possess. The training will be held on June 27-29, 2017. Here are some key concepts of the program:
  • Threats and Challenges:

Training designed to explore the different dynamics affecting all officer/ citizen contacts and provides practical tools for increasing officer safety while engaged with citizens.  In an era of increased transparency for law enforcement, officers are asked to re-examine how they interact with the public.

  • Words and Actions:

Training designed to detect and decipher visual and verbal cues by subjects and learn how your words and actions affect an encounter.  Having these skills can help you diffuse and de-escalate a dangerous situation, detect a hidden weapon, or prevent an attempted assault.

  • De-Escalation Training:

Training designed to provide skills-based training on identifying key behaviors associated with persons in behavioral crisis and specific tools and tactics to assist in de-escalation and referral to community resources, with an emphasis on scenario-based learning. 

  • Mind and Body: 

Training designed to prepare your officers for today, both physically and mentally, for whatever tomorrow may bring by learning methods to improve long-term wellness and resiliency. 

Flyer & Agenda: 0519.pdf & 05191.pdf

Law Enforcement: Force Science Basics Course

The Police Chiefs Association of Montgomery County and the Delaware Valley Workers’ Compensation Trust are sponsoring the Law Enforcement: Force Science Basics Course on June 15 & June 16, 2017.

Additional Information is available by clicking here.

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 view the agenda

* Re-Certification is on Day 3 [Wednesday, June 7, 2017 @ 9am-4pm]

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

Location: Allentown Police Academy

Full Certification Dates: June 5-9, 2017 

Full Certification Time: 9am-4pm

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 


Registration is now closed. There will be another course offered in Fall 2017.


Firearms Training

The Muhlenberg Police Department will be hosting OpSpec Training for their acclaimed course M.O.A.C. From August 28- September 1st.

MOAC is a five-day, 40 hour, high round count pistol course designed to take the intermediate shooter and provide them with the tools to become an advanced or expert shooter. OpSpec Training alumni frequently request a long-duration program – building upon our flagship two-day Practical Fundamentals program – designed to enforce and develop persistent, durable skills. MOAC develops these skills through repetition and process oriented marksmanship.

MOAC – a.k.a Mother of all Classes – has an maximum enrollment of 16 students to ensure an appropriate student-to-instructor ratio. The class utilizes steel targets to maximize training time. Prior to the start of class, students should have completed OpSpec Training’s Practical Fundamentals class or have attended an equivalent trigger control-based program from another training organization within the past 36 months. If you have the training experience, solid gun-handling skills, and can draw from the holster and reliably hit an 8-inch target from 5 yards in under 1.5 seconds you meet the prerequisites for this advanced program.

Click here for more information.



  RAIDER Solo Engagement Training Hosted by Chambersburg Police Department

June 12th - 16th, 2017 

The ALICE Training Institute’s RAIDER - Solo Engagement Tactics program is being offered by Chambersburg Police Department, June 12th-16th, 2017, and is exclusively available to police and licensed armed security personnel.Click Here to Register.

RAIDER (Rapid Deployment, Awareness, Intervention, Decisiveness, EMS, Recovery) teaches first-on-scene officers the tactical skill-set necessary to operate in the unique Active Shooter setting – a hostile environment, populated by large numbers of civilians, with a killer attempting to achieve the highest body count possible in the shortest amount of time.

Solo-Officer Engagement tactics are being adopted by law enforcement agencies across the country as the most realistic response option for Active Shooter events. Large and small team tactics are yesterday’s tactics in responding to Active Shooters. Quad Team Tactics have yet to have a documented case of being used to stop an active shooter directly! And Quad Team tactics don’t even apply if only one officer is on scene, and citizens inside are under attack.

This is not a normal event, nor should be the response. Officers must respond aggressively, but not recklessly -Learn How by Registering Now.

If you are unable to attend this class, Click Here to learn about more options.

Stay Safe, 

Joanna Lucas
Program Manager
330.661.0106 x 1015


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