The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that any person wishing to become a certified security officer, or who is privately employed and is required as a condition of employment to carry a lethal weapon, must participate in a 40 hour Lethal Weapons Training Program. Pennsylvania also requires that every five years, individuals who have been certified, must attend an eight hour recertification (renewal) program. The Mercyhurst University Police Academy offers these classes periodically each year with sessions held at the Academy’s HQ in North East, Pa. The price for the 40 hour course is $350.00 and renewal is $125.00.
To apply for either the basic forty (40) hour course or the eight (8) hour renewal course, please fill out the Mercyhurst University form attached to this website and listed below as: Attached application. Please note that YOU DO NOT have to pay in advance for this course but bring a check or money order, payable to Mercyhurst University, to the first class. Finally, after receiving approval from the Pennsylvania State Police to attend one of our courses, they will send you a letter to this affect. This letter, or a copy, MUST be brought to the first class or you cannot be admitted.
When does the next class begin?
Attached application here.
Step 2: Download and print the physical examination and psychological examination forms. You must undergo a physical and psychological examination at your own expense. The physicians must be PA licensed. The physicians must submit completed and signed forms to the Lethal Weapons Certification Unit at:
PA State Police
Lethal Weapons Certification
8002 Bretz Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17112.
Step 3: An approval/denial letter to attend training will be sent to the address you provided in application.
Step 4: It is the applicant's responsibility to schedule the training after receiving the approval letter from the State Police. After you receive approval, contact the Mercyhurst University Municipal Police Training Academy at 814-725-6230 to schedule training. Once you have scheduled, fill out the appropriate registration form for that class and mail it to:
Mercyhurst Municipal Police Training Academy
16 West Division Street
North East, PA 16428
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