On June 22, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf signed
Act 44 of 2018 (amending the Public School Code of 1949) into law, creating a School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission for Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). Act 44 also repealed Section 778, School Police Officers, and consolidated this information under Article XIII-C, School Police Officers and School Resource Officers.
Act 67 of 2019 amended Article XIII-C and requires School Police Officers to complete annual in-service approved by MPOETC under Title 53, Chapter 21, Subchapter D (Act 120). Annual in-service requirements under Act 120 include 12 hours of approved classroom training, annual firearms qualification on all duty firearms, and current CPR/AED/First Aid certification.
School Police Officers who need access to MPOETC classroom training should email their court appointment paperwork, including oath of office, and proof of current employment as a School Police Officer to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval. Officers can then visit https://www.pavtn.net/ to request access to online courses.
Act 91 of 2019 further amended Article XIII-C and reinstated the ability of a School Police Officer to be granted, by the court, the authority to exercise the same powers as exercised under authority of law or ordinance by the police of the municipality in which the school property is located.