Act 165 of 2012 gave the Commission authority to grant partial training
waivers to federal and military law enforcement officers who meet certain
training and experience requirements. Individuals who meet the standards listed below are eligible to take an assessment test to determine what areas of training may be waived and what areas must be attended at a certified PA police academy.
Training – Must have completed a cumulative total of at least 760 hours of basic and in-service law enforcement training and must have successfully completed a law enforcement training course resulting in certification as a law enforcement officer authorized to carry a firearm and make arrests.
Service – Must have served at least two (2) years of full-time duty as a law enforcement officer within the past seven (7) years and must be eligible for employment as a law enforcement officer. Service is considered full-time at a minimum of 32 hours per week. Full-time service need not be continuous nor be with a single agency.
The assessment test consists of 200 questions in four sections: PA Crimes Code and Rules of Criminal Procedure, PA Vehicle Code and Crash Investigation, Patrol Procedures, and Criminal Investigations. To pass each section of the assessment test, the officer must obtain a score of at least 72% in that section. If the officer passes all sections of the assessment test, they will be granted a full waiver and permitted to take the certification exam without additional training. If the out-of-state officer fails any section, they will be required to attend that specific section or sections at a certified Pennsylvania municipal police academy prior to being permitted to take the certification exam. While there is no specific study guide for the assessment test, officers may reference the documents listed below.
Federal and military law enforcement officers who meet the service and training standards may apply for assessment testing using the existing application process in TACS by creating a "Certification Exam Application" and selecting a test date listed as "Partial Waiver Assessment Test". In the application, the applicant should provide the following three documents as PDF documents. These description of the required documents in the application will not match the information listed below, however the applicant must include the three documents listed below to be considered.
- The completed and signed Application Form named"Applicant Name - Application". Please ensure that your document contains all requested information before you send it.
- A single document named "Applicant Name - Certificates" containing copies of certificates for any courses you listed on the application form.
- A single document named "Applicant Name - Employment" containing documentation supporting your two years of full-time employment as a law enforcement officer.
Federal and military law enforcement officers will not be permitted to take the MPO Certification Exam until they have either successfully passed all the sections of the assessment test or have completed any required training at a police academy.