Training - What We Are Doing

While Penn State police officers currently receive ongoing mandatory and specialized training throughout their careers as mentioned here. We will always remain committed to enhancing and improving our training efforts.

Some of those ongoing efforts include:

Police One Academy Training

All police officers, security, and other staff, including lead administrators within the department, are enrolled in the PoliceOne Academy, which allows for mandatory monthly online trainings in a wide array of subjects.

Initially, prioritized training consists of accreditation and high-risk training topics, such as:

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Cultural Awareness,
  • Implicit Bias Policing
  • Anti-Bias Based Policing
  • Response to Mental Health and Illness
  • American Disabilities Act training
  • Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Domestic Violence
  • Use-of-Force
  • Officer Safety
  • Active Shooter
  • Distracted Driving

University Police and Public Safety will continue these mandatory monthly training assignments for all police officers, security, and other staff, including lead administrators within the department. 

Use of Force

While University Police and Public Safety currently exceeds the mandatory training requirements surrounding Use of Force, we are committed to also improving all training surrounding this topic.

It is our intention to work towards implementing a more holistic approach which would allow for scenario based training focused on all aspects of use of force.

UPPS will partner with subject matter experts along with our current team of highly trained and professional instructors to research and create recommendations on how to implement this holistic training.

Upon implementation of this newly developed program, we are confident UPPS will become a leader in all aspects of use of force training.

Training Data

All aggregate training data will be available and published for the year 2020 by March 2021 and released annually.

In 2020, police officers and Assistant Police Services Officers (APSO) completed training in 24 different areas for a total of 7,844 hours.

Note, the "Lead Team" is a group of high-level managers withing University Police and Public Safety and "APSO" stands for assistant police services officers.  

2020 Training Data
Topic  Training Hours per Assignee Total Training Hours Completed 
Firearms 4 hours per police officer/APSO  1,376 hours
Taser  5 hours per officer   805 hours
OC/Pepper Spray 3 hours per police officer/APSO   516 hours  
Chemical Weapons 1 hour per police officer   161 hours
Defensive Tactics 7 hours per police officer/APSO   1,204 hours
Expandable Baton 7 hours per police officer/APSO   1,204 hours
Specialized Impact Munitions 1 hour per police officer   161 hours
PoliceOne Topics 5.5 hours per police officer/APSO   961 hours  
Policy Review 6 hours per police officer/APSO   1,032 hours  
Officer Requested Course 8 hours

 

PoliceOne Academy Training Assignments
Training  Assigned
Responding to People with Mental Illness All UPPS Members
Cutural Awareness and Diversity Overview All UPPS Members
Implicit Bias All UPPS Members
Understanding and Responding to Excited Delirium Calls Sworn Officers, APSO, Dispatch
Anti-Bias Training for Law Enforcement Sworn Officers, APSO, Dispatch
Crowd Control: Demonstrator Tactics Sworn Officers
De-Escalation and Minimizing Use of Force Sworn Officers
Verbal De-Escalation Skills Sworn Officers
Use of Force Sworn Officers, APSO, Lead Team, Dispatch
Arrest, Search & Seizure (Fourth Amendment) Sworn Officers and Lead Team
Report Writing from a Lawyer's Perspective Sworn Officers, APSO, Lead Team, Dispatch and Security Officers
Hate Crimes Training for Law Enforcement Sworn Officers, APSO, Lead Team, Dispatch and Security Officers
Shaping an Ethical Workplace Culture All groups
Interview and Interrogation Techniques Sworn Officers, APSO, Lead Team and Security Officers
Investigative Skills 2 Sworn Officers
Vehicle Safety Sworn Officers
Recognizing the Indicators of Sovereign Citizens Sworn Officers, Lead Team, APSO, Security Officers
Sovereign Citizen Movement-CBS Hit Piece Sworn Officers, Lead Team, APSO, Security Officers
Sovereign Citizens and Law Enforcement Sworn Officers, Lead Team, APSO, Security Officers
The Importance of Communication in Law Enforcement Sworn Officers, APSO, Security Officers, and Dispatch
Crisis Management All personnel
Use of Less Lethal Force Sworn Officers, APSO, Lead Team, and Security Officers
Liability Issues in Use of Force Sworn Officers, APSO, Lead Team, and Security Officers
The Misuse of Miranda Rights Sworn Officers and Lead Team
Fitness & Nutrition 1 All personnel
Community Policing Sworn Officers, APSO, Lead Team, Security Officers, and Dispatch
Generational Differences All personnel
Communication Skills 1 Sworn Officers, APSO, Lead Team, Dispatch, Non-Sworn Officers, Security Officers
Dealing with Stress Sworn Officers, APSO, Lead Team, Dispatch, Non-Sworn Officers, Security Officers
Evidence Collection, Control, and Storage Sworn Officers, APSO, Lead Team
The Right to Photograph and Record in Public Sworn Officers, APSO, Lead Team