Education/Training Classes

There are several training opportunities throughout the year for PCPA members and associates to attend.
If you have an event you want posted and announced contact us at: [email protected]
Click here to go to the Calendar


Advanced Investigative Techniques Seminar
April 17 19, 2023
State College, PA

Cost: $300(which includes seminar, PHIA membership, handout material, social event, and refreshments)

Crime Scene Interpretation & Behavior Analysis
Interview & Interrogation Techniques
Aquatic Death Investigation
Forensic Pathology & Death Investigation

The featured speakers:
Texas Ranger James Holland (ret.),
Andrea Zaferes, Dr. Wendy Lavezzi and Dr. David Keatley are among the top subject matter experts in their
respective fields.

This training is specifically designed to educate all criminal justice personnel including Law Enforcement Officers, Detectives, Supervisors, Coroners, Medical Examiners and Prosecutors.

A block of rooms have been reserved at the: Wyndham Garden State College, 310 Elks Club, Road, Boalsburg, PA 16827. Our rate is $104 per night plus tax/per night. Attendees are responsible for making their own room reservations.
To register:
Please email: [email protected]

Download the event brochure here: PA Homicide Seminar State College - April 2023.pdf


The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association presents
PCPA Lunch & Learn Series – “Building Your Knowledge”
David MacMain, Managing Partner of MacMain Leinhauser PC.
“Lessons Learned from 30 years of Defending Law Enforcement”

David J. MacMain is the Managing Partner of MacMain Leinhauser, PC located in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
His practice focuses on defending a wide variety of civil rights, employment and school claims - with a particular emphasis on law enforcement and corrections claims - and is often specially retained to defend §1983 and municipal liability cases throughout the country.

David has tried over 150 cases to verdict in favor of his clients - most of which are law enforcement and corrections claims - and has been named a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” each of the past 20 years in the field of Civil Rights and is rated “AV” Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. David currently serves as Solicitor to both the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, and the West Chester Borough Civil Service Commission. Prior to his legal career, David served as a Pennsylvania State Trooper.

David MacMain's contact information is:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 484.318.7703



Achieving PLEAC Accreditation
A Formula for Success
by Lexipol

Pennsylvania law enforcement leaders face a growing expectation to achieve agency accreditation through the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC). This mark of distinction helps to build community trust by creating greater accountability to recognized best practices.

In this presentation, Lexipol and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association focus on the why and the how of accreditation and provide strategies for how your agency can simplify the process. You’ll also learn about Lexipol’s new Law Enforcement Accreditation Service, designed to help your agency maneuver the accreditation process and successfully achieve PLEAC accreditation.

You’ll learn:

  • The benefits of and challenges to achieving accreditation.
  • How accreditation can help your agency meet evolving community expectations and provide better service to your constituents.
  • PLEAC accreditation requirements and processes, including recent changes.
  • Information on Lexipol’s comprehensive solution that provides all the components needed to achieve accreditation—and integrates with PowerStandards, PLEAC’s required assessment platform.

James Adams
Accreditation Program Coordinator
Pennsylvania Chiefs of
Police Association

Mark Anderko
Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Chief Jennifer Brubaker
East Hempfield Township Police Department

Chief Ken Truver
Castle Shannon Police Department​

Click here to View On Demand (Recorded November 1, 2022):


PCPA Lunch & Learn Series – “Building Your Knowledge”
Alicia Wetzel, Management and Program Analyst, FBI
and Joshua Kembel, PA State Police

"Pennsylvania Participation within the Use-of-Force Data Collection"

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM
Where: Zoom Call in the comfort of your office
Host: PCPA Executive Director, Scott Bohn
Presenters: Alicia Wetzel, FBI and Joshua Kembel, PSP
Zoom Invite Link
No Registration Necessary.
This presentation will be a collaboration between the FBI and the Pennsylvania State Police, UCR Manager. The topics of discussion will be as follows:

  • History of data collection
  • What kind of data is collected
  • The Pennsylvania State Police data repository & how agencies can submit their data

An informative presentation that you will not want to miss!
Alicia Wetzel's contact information is:
Email: [email protected]
Joshua Kembel's contact info is:
Email: [email protected]


PCPA Lunch & Learn Series – “Building Your Knowledge”
Truleo CEO, Anthony Tassone and Chief Art Acevedo (Ret.)

"Measuring Police Professionalism with Body Camera Analytics"



PCPA Lunch & Learn Series – “Building Your Knowledge”

Bobby Merhaut, Sales Manager, CARFAX for Police:
 "CARFAX for Police Investigative Tools"

PCPA Lunch & Learn Series - “Building Your Knowledge”

Chris Boyle, Esq., Chris Boyle Law Enforcement Consulting, LLC
"Medical Marijuana and Law Enforcement in Pennsylvania"

Slideshow in Printable PDF version

ABLE Project Executive Session


PCPA Lunch & Learn Online Series-"Building Trust in Law Enforcement - Through Internal Affairs Policies & Procedures"

Download the session handouts here:
10-25-20 Sample Borough IA Policy from Gerber Christopher.docx
Gerber PA Chiefs Association on Internal Affairs Protection Against Claims.pptx


PCPA Lunch & Learn Online Series - "Being First Matters" - FirstNET



Roll Call Training

Illicit Trade and Trafficking

We need a united front to stop black-market criminality and trafficking in Pennsylvania. “The best way to put a halt to illicit trade in Pennsylvania and across the country is for law enforcement, the business community, and other leaders to work together, sharing information and expertise. By doing so, we have more eyes on the problem and more ways to root it out and stop it. Criminals who traffic in counterfeit and fraudulent products also traffic narcotics, guns, and even human beings. The black-market fuels organized criminal networks—including terror groups and drug cartels—while damaging our economy, businesses, and our communities.

Illegal trade fuels a $2.2 trillion-per-year industry of transnational crime and directly impacts communities across the Commonwealth:

  • In 2016, Pennsylvania ranked 2nd in the country for reports of heroin usage and third for reports of Fentanyl with 17,222 and 3,173 reports, respectively.
  • Ports in Philadelphia, Erie, and Pittsburgh facilitate the transport of commodities into and through Pennsylvania, providing drug traffickers with another method for smuggling drugs into the state.
  • Total revenue lost due to tobacco smuggling in Pennsylvania: $178 million.

The pervasive threat of illegal trade and black-market profiteering is pervasive amid supply shortages and the increase of e-commerce.  Far too often, unsuspecting consumers fall victim to nefarious actors looking to peddle counterfeit and stolen goods, putting consumers’ health in danger and harming legitimate businesses and, ultimately, taxpayers.

Scott L. Bohn
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association



E-mail: [email protected]
(908) 812-4176

Keith L. Stith Consultancy and Training, LLC. is a law enforcement and education consultancy that offers advisory, education and professional development on culturally responsive practice.

Our services include,
Customize culturally responsive led training programs and curriculums designed to transform the police work culture to better meet the needs of police officers and the true needs of the community. 

Newly developed culturally responsive recruitment curriculum designed to assist in the recruitment of African American police candidates.

(908) 812-4176


 Chris Boyle Law Enforcement Consulting, LLC
2023 Monthly Caselaw Updates 

Date: New one-hour of videos on the 1st of every month
Time: Watch them any time that fits your schedule
Location: PowerDMS, PlanIT, or my online Learning Management Site
Cost: $8.25/officer/month ($99 yearly subscription)
Online information:
Discount: 16 months for the price of 12, no payment until January 31st!

If you and your troops are training on only the ten “most important” cases that make it into state-mandated training every year, cases that are sometimes eighteen months old before you hear about them, you may be missing out. 

Every day, I review every case that comes out of the United States Supreme Court, every case in the Third Circuit, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, and every reported Pennsylvania state law case from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on down, that mentions law enforcement.  I pull any case involving a change or clarification in the law, and any that my thirty-two years in, and defending, law enforcement tells me is worthy of your time. Why is it worthy? - Either because I have defended officers sued based on the same concept, or it is an area where we fall short in applying criminal law, and the guilty go free. 

Every month, I provide these cases to you in four, fifteen-minute videos, on the first of each month, adding relevant “check-the-box” topic discussion as the need arises through the year.  The oldest case you will ever see in one of my updates? 31 days.  Each month I provide cadre members a test on that month’s training, to gauge “knowledge transfer”. New Departments signing up now, will receive the remainder of 2022’s updates (September through December) at no additional cost.

Keeping up to date on the most recent developments in the law will help keep you and your officers out of federal court as defendants, and at the forefront of professional policing. Each cadre member receives twelve hours of high quality, up to the minute training over the course of a year for less than ten bucks a month.  If you head off just one federal lawsuit, the investment pays for itself many times over. I look forward to you joining the 77 Departments already taking part, and stand ready to answer any questions you might have, or to sign you up. Thanks for your time!

(Ret.) Lt. Chris Boyle #125, Esq.
[email protected]