Education/Training Classes

There are several training opportunities throughout the year for PCPA members and associates to attend.



The Pennsylvania Homicide Investigators Association is hosting a training conference for law enforcement officers and their affiliates.  This year we are featuring the one-week ADVANCED PRACTICAL HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION SEMINAR presented by Lt. Commander (Retired) Vernon J. Geberth, President of P.H.I. Investigative Consultants along with three additional speakers; Dr. Wendy Lavezzi, Forensic Pathologist, Lt. Tracy Harpster, Moraine, Ohio PD and Ms. Andrea Zaferes, Forensic Aquatic-Death Investigator. 

Topics covered by our four featured speakers include Advanced Investigative Tactics, Procedures and Techniques, Sex Related Homicides, Lust Murders, Suicide and Equivocal Death, Deviate Sexuality, Crime Scene Investigation, Pathology and Autopsy Section, Analysis of 9-1-1 calls, and Homicidal Drowning Investigation.  For additional information about this curriculum please visit ( or (

April 09 through April 13, 2018.  (Monday – Friday)                                              
Registration:  Monday (04/09/18) from 7:30AM to 8:00AM                                               

Instruction Period: 8:00AM to 5:00 PM

Ramada Inn and Conference Center (

1450 South Atherton Street

State College, PA16801 (814) 238-3001

Click here for more information

Penn State’s Bellisario College of Communications 2 day Media Relations Conference

Police and Media Relations in the 21st Century

Meeting Current and Future Challenges

May 9th & 10th, 2018

February 19-23, 2018 Police Physical Fitness Coordinator Class

[Registration closes on 01/29/18]

Full Certification & Re-Certification is available. 40-hour course consisting of lecture and hands on training geared toward Police Department Fitness Coordinators and M.P.O.E.T.C Fitness Instructors. Some topics of discussion are legal issues surrounding police fitness programs and testing, safely developing incumbent programs for police departments using A.C.S.M. guidelines, M.P.O.E.T.C. testing and training, strength and endurance training and testing methods, body composition and basic nutrition training. Successful candidates will be certified by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association as Police Fitness Coordinators.

Cost: $400 Full Certification / $100 Re-certification

Location: Allentown Police Academy

Full Certification Dates: February 19-23, 2018 / 9am-4pm

Re-Certification: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 / 9am-4pm * Officers should obtain a re-certification every 3 years 

Attire: Casual. Bring fitness clothing as well.

Students receive a 45-minute lunch break each day.

Please note: You cannot just show up to either course without registering. EVERYONE MUST REGISTER FOR THEIR COURSE IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE COURSE. If you show up without registering, you will not be able to attend the course.

For questions, please contact Alex at or 717-236-1059 ext. 106  
Cancellations/Refunds: You must notify Alex 30 days before the course date if you cannot attend.


Substance Abuse Prevention for First Responders
First Responder Addiction Treatment / Livengrin Foundation

Total Time: 3 Hours

Goals: The First Responder will benefit from an integrated awareness-prevention training program promoting behavioral health and wellness throughout the first responder’s career. The program will target substance abuse prevention and education for law enforcement, fire personnel, and EMT’s on alcohol abuse, problem drinking, pain medication abuse, critical incident stress, and the Drug-Free Workplace Policy.

Location: We will schedule around specific departmental needs. We will travel to your department with all necessary materials and logistics. 

Pre-requisites: No Pre-requisites

Target Audience: Statewide Pennsylvania First Responders

Method of Instruction/Training Aids: PowerPoint, Video, Facilitation, Discussion, and Handouts

Learning Objectives: The participant will be able to:

1. The attendee will be presented with an overview of the program, and the
importance of the substance abuse issues in today’s society and the critical demand for their ethical and professional behavior while on or off duty; as well as the needs to address the disease of addiction.

2. The attendee will observe through a video presentation by former First Responders (including retired and current law enforcement officers / firefighter personnel), the serious ramifications of an off duty car accident involving the death of the other vehicle’s driver, while under the influence. He was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and served 5 years and 11 months in State Prison.

3. The attendee will understand the first responder culture and its impact on character, and it’s perspectives on workplace and personal behaviors.

4. The attendee will define “stress” as it relates to internal and external sources. First Responder training and duty has a relative impact on one’s personality and communication styles, the attendee will learn the effects of such processes.

5. The attendee will identify learned negative behaviors from stress and its relationship with alcohol and pain med abuse.

6. The attendee will be provided with information of the effects of law enforcement work stresses on the family.

7. Health and Wellness are important integrations in responding to the body’s response to stress, the attendee will be educated on the physical and nutritional values in stress reduction.

8. The attendee will be provided with information on alcohol abuse, alcoholism, pain medication, opiate abuse and the criteria for disease model.

9. The attendee will understand the differences between moderate and problem drinking, responsible use, and alcohol abuse.

10. The attendee will define the disease of alcoholism and strategies to lowering risk.

11. The attendee will learn the effects of critical incidents and PTSD; organizational commitment to intervention and support.

12. The attendee will be provided with information of the Peer Counseling services and the value of informal resolution, the various avenues of assistance and additional resources will be explained.

13. The attendee will observe through a video presentation of a firefighter’s family speaking on their son’s suicide and actions and behaviors that lead to the tragedy.

If you are interested in attending this class, please email or call below.

Dennis Hallion, Retired – New Jersey State Police, Grant Manager [Substance Abuse Education & Demand Reduction Fund]
Livengrin Foundation
4833 Hulmeville Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Cell: 609.923.6056