The local Municipal Police Academy (MPS 0011) is a part of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. The Johnstown Regional Police Academy is a certified unit of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (Act 120).
Successful completion of the program will earn cadets a certificate and permit the graduate to test for a Commonwealth Municipal Police Training (MPT) number required of all municipal police officers in Pennsylvania. An MPT number is essential for employment in almost all basic and many related law enforcement occupations. Cadets will be eligible for waiver certification for Act 235, armed security guard.
Areas of Training
In an effort to stay current with changes and trends in the industry, the program curriculum may change during the program year and will include general training in:
- Introduction to the Academy
- Introduction to law enforcement in PA
- Physical and emotional readiness
- Laws and procedures
- Defensive tactics
- Motor vehicle law enforcement
- Accident investigation
- Motor vehicle collision investigation
- Patrol procedures and operations
- Principles of criminal investigation
- Human relations crisis management
- Families in crisis
- Basic firearms course
- Operation of patrol vehicles
- Report writing
- First aid and CPR
- Handling arrested persons
- Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Training (OCAT)
Physical Agility Test & Other Requirements
Prior to being enrolled in the Johnstown Regional Police Academy at Penn Highlands Community College, all cadet applicants must successfully complete a pre-screening physical agility test. This test consists of sit-ups, a 300-meter dash, push-ups, and a 1.5-mile run (in that same order). Applicants are advised to dress in appropriate athletic clothing and footwear. The physical agility test is done 100% outdoors, as such applicants are permitted to bring rain gear, sweatshirts/pants, and/or other comfortable clothing while waiting. Water or other hydration sources are allowed. The test will last approximately two hours.
In addition to completion of the physical agility test, cadet applicants will need to pass a physical, psychological, and vision examination, along with a post-traumatic stress disorder evaluation.
To learn more about these tests and examinations, please contact the Police Academy at 814.262.6443 or by email.
Police Academy To Criminal Justice
Successful completion of the Johnstown Regional Police Academy (ACT 120) will earn cadets 24 credits toward their Criminal Justice degree. By completing the Police Academy, you are well on your way to earning an associate degree. The Police Academy substitutes for the following courses:
- CRJ 110: Introduction to Criminal Justice
- CRJ 120: Criminal Justice Report Writing & Interviewing
- CRJ 150: Juvenile Justice
- CRJ 175: Constitutional Law
- CRJ 215: Criminal Law and Procedure
- CRJ 235: Criminal Investigation and Policing
- CRJ 295: Criminal Justice Internship
- SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology
Police Academy Staff
- Dennis Miller, Johnstown Regional Police Academy Director814.262.6443 | Email Dennis
About the Police Academy Director
Mr. Dennis Miller began his career in law enforcement in 1981 as a municipal police officer while earning a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1985, he accepted a position with federal law enforcement where he was assigned to protect the U.S. Supreme Court justices. After three years, he transferred and became a parole officer, at which time he went on to earn his master’s degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Soon later, he joined the Johnstown Police Department as an officer.
In 1989, Mr. Miller transferred back into federal law enforcement, becoming a Correctional Treatment Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He continued to accept positions of elevating responsibilities, culminating as a Hostage Negotiator and Disciplinary Hearing Officer. He retired in 2012.
Mr. Miller taught college-level courses throughout his career, starting in 1990 with criminal justice classes. After his retirement from law enforcement in 2012, he accepted a full-time teaching position in the Criminal Justice Department at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. He continues in that role today as an Associate Professor. Mr. Miller has 31 years of field experience in various forms and levels of local and federal law enforcement and 32 years of experience in teaching college-level curricula.
He was appointed Director of the Johnstown Regional Police Academy in January 2022.