This 12-hour program is exclusively for sworn law enforcement officers on active duty. Training is offered annually and covers changes in criminal and vehicle law and other elective courses provided by the Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission (M.P.O.E.T.C.). All active-duty police officers must complete this training each year to maintain their certification. The 2018 topics include:
19-001 LEGAL UPDATES (REQUIRED COURSE)
This three-hour course discusses significant pieces of legislation passed after July 1, 2017, that affect police operations and investigations—specifically changes and updates to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Vehicle Code, and Rules of Criminal Procedure. The training program also addresses pertinent court decisions from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Superior and Supreme Courts, the United States Supreme Court, and other federal courts, and explains legal issues directly impacting police procedures and the case preparation process.
19-002 UNKNOWN RISK VEHICLE STOPS (REQUIRED COURSE)
A three-hour course to recognize general guidelines performed prior to, and during, the unknown risk vehicle stop. The goal of this course is that officers will learn to consistently perform unknown risk vehicle stops in a manner which enhances their safety through using and understanding procedural best practices and communication skills to mitigate an ambush/attack in and around a patrol vehicle.
19-003 ADVANCED INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES (OPTIONAL)
A three-hour course intended to develop police officers interviewing skills by recognizing when and how to apply advanced interviewing techniques when initially interacting with victims, witnesses, and suspects. Furthermore, this training focuses on the patrol officer who takes interviewing seriously by practicing good communication skills, along with acknowledging and embodying the characteristics that produce an effective interviewer.
19-004 CRIMINAL TECHNOLOGY AND ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE (OPTIONAL)
A three-hour course to address a study of how technology has changed over the past decade with a focus on what types of technology are most frequently used in criminal enterprise and how to investigate them accordingly. Information will be presented on including what electronic evidence and/or investigative information is available, how to collect it, and how to get it processed.