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Officer Hiring Process FAQ

If an applicant for MPO Certification has been arrested for DUI and ultimately given ARD, can he or she still become a police officer?

Yes, but the arrest and disposition must still be listed on the application in the section requesting arrest history information.

Is there an expiration date for the Act 120 Training?

No, police academy training does not expire; however if significant changes are made to the basic police curriculum to include additional courses, an applicant may be required to complete additional courses.

What are the minimum requirements for a background investigation?

A background investigation shall include, minimally, a criminal history check, a credit check, personal interviews to determine a five year work history for the applicant, and any other applicable means of determining the individual’s suitability for employment as a police officer.

Is it possible for a police officer from another state to obtain a waiver of training and become certified as a police officer in Pennsylvania?

Yes, the Commission will accept training from another state after you obtain employment or offer of employment as a police officer in Pennsylvania, providing you can supply documentation to the Commission that you were/are certified by that state and were employed as a full-time police officer. If you meet the aforementioned standard, you will be required to take a certification exam. Passing the exam determines eligibility for a waiver of training. You have three opportunities to successfully pass the certification exam.