Municipal Police Academy

Welcome to the Municipal Police Academy of Montgomery County Community College. Since beginning in 1973, the Police Academy has provided basic (ACT 120) and mandatory (ACT 180) training for the law enforcement professional.

Training programs are offered at the Montgomery County Community College located at 340 Dekalb Pk. Health Sciences Center, Blue Bell, PA. 19422, phone number 215-641-6511.

The Academy is certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission.

Program description for Act 120 Municipal Police Basic Training.


ACT 120 Municipal Police Academy Applications:

July 2018 Application available here

Applications accepted Jan. 1, 2018 - March 1, 2018
(any application received after March 1, will not be accepted.)

All submitted documents must be dated after Jan. 1, 2018. 

2018 Class Schedule

Day Programs (24 weeks)
January 2018 & July 2018
Monday – Friday
7:30 am – 4:00 pm 

General Information

Individuals wishing to enroll in the ACT 120 (Basic) Training Program, and who are not sworn police officers, must meet the following qualifications.

  • Attained a minimum age of 18 years.
  • Have not been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one (1) year's imprisonment.
  • Have not been convicted of any offense that would preclude a person from carrying a firearm under "The Uniform Firearms Act."
  • Have attained a high school diploma or GED.
  • Successfully completed a Physical Fitness pre-test.
  • Successfully completed a reading comprehensive examination; a psychological examination administered by the Police Academy; and a physical examination.
  • Successfully completed an oral interview.

How to Apply

  1. Obtain and complete the Municipal Police Academy Application packet. Call 215-641-6511 with any questions. 
  2. Return completed application with required forms to the Municipal Police Academy.
  3. Submit Criminal History Records Check Form with fee payment to the Pennsylvania State Police. Form and instructions included with application packet. You can request for your criminal history records online from the PA State Police web site at: https://epatch.state.pa.us.
  4. Arrange for medical examination by a board-certified physician. Form for medical examination is included in application packet.
  5. Complete reading comprehension and physiological examinations.
  6. Complete oral interview.
  7. Complete Uniform Firearms Act Training Questionnaire.

Physical Fitness Pre-Test

A recent change made by the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission, dictates that we must also make an immediate change to our entrance procedure. The new procedure will take effect immediately.All applicants are required to take a 4 step physical fitness test. This consists of

1.5 mile run 13 minutes 8 seconds (outdoor course)
1 minute sit-ups 35 reps
bench press 93% of body weight
300 meter run 62.1 seconds (outdoor course)

The above scores are based on an 18-29 years-of-age male. Older and female applicant’s results will be adjusted according to the Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research. This PHYSICAL FITNESS PRE-TEST is scored at the 30th percentile. However, if accepted into the Academy Program, cadets will receive their final test at the 50th percentile.

If you have not participated in any physical activity in the immediate past, it is HIGHLY suggested that you start a program immediately. FAILURE IN ANY ONE AREA WILL DISQUALIFY YOU AS A CANDIDATE.

Financial Aid Information

Those who wish to attend the Municipal Police Academy Act 120 Training may be eligible for financial aid.

Those who qualify may be eligible for Stafford Loans and/or PELL Grants. For further information call 215-641-6566.

Deferred Payment Plan

To assist the police academy students with their financial obligation to the College, a deferred payment student loan agreement is offered. Anyone interested in opening this agreement must report to the cashier's office located in College Hall, room 210, to initiate this process, prior to the date when tuition payment is due.

Act 120 (Basic) Training

A comprehensive, 772-hour program designed to prepare an individual for certification to practice law enforcement within the state of Pennsylvania. This training is mandatory for anyone wishing to become a police officer.

Basic Training

Orientation (8 hrs) Human Relations (28 hrs)
Intro to PA Law Enforcement (24 hrs) Crisis Management (16 hrs)
Physical/Emotional Readiness (54 hrs) Families In Crisis (20 hrs)
Laws and Procedures (113 hrs) Basic Firearms (80 hrs)
Defensive Tactics (44 hrs) Operation of Patrol Vehicles (40 hrs)
Motor Vehicle Law Enforcement (56 hrs) Report Writing (8 hrs)
Motor Vehicle Collision Investig. (21 hrs) Case Presentation (20 hrs)
Patrol Procedure and Operations (73 hrs) First Aid/CPR (56 hrs)
Criminal Investigation (62 hrs) Handling Arrested Persons (32 hrs)

 Additional hours are for testing.

Note: Students successfully completing ACT 120 training and who enroll in MCCC's Criminal Justice Program may be eligible to receive up to 15 academic credits toward the completion of the Associate Degree program in Criminal Justice at Montgomery County Community College. For more information, please contact Benn Prybutok, Director of the Criminal Justice Program at 215-641-6428.

Act 180 (Mandatory In-Service) Training

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.Gainful Employment Full Time

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