Education/Training Classes

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

Tactical Communications: The Art of De-Escalation

Course Number: PA-623
Course Length: 1 Day (7.5 Hours)
Instruction provided by The Institute for Law Enforcement Education
Next Open Class: 10/30/2019

Upper Providence Twp Administration Building, Oaks, Montgomery Co

Classes are available on a limited basis.

Law enforcement officers, probation officers, and treatment professionals are frequently tasked with dealing with a variety of differing personalities when encountering the public. Some of these encounters can be characterized as negative in nature. Most violent encounters begin with a breakdown in the communication process between the law enforcement or treatment professional and the individual they have encountered. Many times, these incidents begin with non-verbal cues indicating an attack is about to occur. What is said and done during these critical moments can many times determine whether the outcome is a positive one or the situation erodes into a physical encounter and, quite possibly, a civil liability concern.
This course delves into the communication model, taking a detailed look at what communication is while examining each step in the process. We look at verbal skills, non-verbal behaviors, and effective intervention techniques that are instrumental in defusing conflict situations. In addition, we identify and discuss pre-attack indicators that enable law enforcement and treatment professionals to recognize when a conflict is about to escalate into a use of force situation. This will allow the individual professional to acquire necessary information from individuals while ending the encounter on a positive note, thereby minimizing the danger posed by uncooperative or hostile citizens. The topics covered also enable the individual to deal with conflict involving fellow employees and superiors more effectively, creating a healthier work environment.

Specific topics covered include effective methods of communication, barriers to communication, non-verbal communication, de-escalation techniques and pre-attack indicators. The course is designed to cover each of the topics mentioned while also delving into other areas such as proxemics and kinesics and how each is involved in defusing escalating situations. In addition, we discuss conflict resolution as it applies to interactions involving verbal abuse, and touch on characteristics exhibited by suicidal or mentally disturbed individuals as well as subjects exhibiting signs of excited delirium. These tactical communications and de-escalation techniques are being presented to enable departments and individuals to learn skills designed to prevent potential conflicts from spiraling out of control, stressing that a positive outcome is the desired goal of each citizen interaction.

The Institute for Law Enforcement Education is part of the PA Dept. of Education, with an office/classroom in Harrisburg, and are funded by federal grant money so that we can provide training in a wide range of areas to law enforcement professionals in the state of PA. All of our courses are certified for CLEE credit through MPOETC and are offered free of charge to any agency in the Commonwealth. We have instructors who travel to host agencies to bring this material to them at no cost.

Click here to Register:

Background Investigations for Police Applicants

12 hour course held in Reading, PA
September 12 & 13, 2019 at Reading Fire Training Center, 895 Morgantown Road, Reading, PA 19601
Day 1: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Day 2: 8 a.m. to noon
Contact: 214-425-7757, Law Enforcement Seminars
Departmental Contact: Sgt. Eric B. Driesbach, City of Reading Police Dept. 610-655-6332

Download course flyer here: GWolf0040.pdf

Lehigh Valley ASIS School Security Seminar now offered at No Cost due to sponsorships!

Time & Location:
Aug 13, 8:00 AM – 04:00 PM
DeSales University Conference Services, 2755 Station Ave, Center Valley, PA 18034, USA

I am happy to announce that our Lehigh Valley chapter of ASIS School Security Seminar is now being now offered at No Cost due to sponsorships! Please see the attached flyer: Flyer School Security Sem LV ASIS ver5 Schools.pdf Law enforcement wishing to attend please complete the registration online for VIP tickets. Please contact me with any questions.

Lehigh Valley ASIS Seminar Registration - click here:

Scott H. Gwinn
Chairman, Lehigh Valley Chapter of ASIS International
Asst. Manager of Security Operations
Allied Universal at B. Braun Medical Inc.
901 Marcon Blvd.
Allentown, PA 18109

Office 610-596-2957
Email [email protected]


STOP Domestic Violence Training: 10 locations in 2 years

The Pennsylvania Office of Victim Advocate has partnered with the Finding Jenn’s Voice film and curriculum to deliver a FREE statewide training like none other! There will be 10 locations over a 2 year period. Ongoing event information can be found here.

The first stop will be Pittsburgh on July 30. This is a full-day* workshop and is MOPEC certified to provide 3 CEUs to municipal police officers. If you work in state/county probation, law enforcement, victim services, the district attorney or district justice office – this the training for you!

Training will be focused on
- recognizing the various aspects of domestic/intimate partner violence
- the protocols we use to combat this epidemic
- the tools you need for effective supervision of an offender
- access to services for victims

Seating is limited. Register here. Questions can be directed to [email protected].
*This training is supported via grant funding. As such, we are unable to provide lunch. There will be a one hour break for networking and lunch use. Participants are invited to bring a lunch or enjoy the surrounding area during this time.

Click here to download the brochure: STOP training flyer - Pittsburgh FINAL.pdf

National Internal Affairs Investigators Assocation Annual Training Conference

The NIAIA annual training conference will be held October 7-10, 2019, in Philadelphia, PA, and the 2019 NIAIA Investigator of the Year will receive official recognition for being a “Guardian of Integrity” and going above and beyond expectations for your agency and your community at  NIAIA awards banquet on Wednesday evening, October 9, 2019.

Click here for more information and to register.

Enrollment in State Police Training Course.

This class is open to municipal chiefs or their designee. Register using the attached form.

Police Physical Fitness Coordinator Class

Fall Physical Fitness Coordinator Class

November 11 – 15, 2019
Chester County Public Safety Training Campus
137 Modena Road
Coatesville, PA  19320

Classes run from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day with a forty-five minute lunch break each day.

The first day will be casual business attire with gym clothes the rest of the week.  The one day re-certification will be conducted with the rest of the class on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Click here to register: Fall 2019 Police Physical Fitness Coordinator Class

Two recommended hotels in the area.

Courtyard Marriott (approximately 10 minutes away)
600 Manor Road
Coatesville, PA  19320

Corporate Promotion Code 5CB

Home 2 Suites Hilton
975 E. Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA  19335
855-618-4702 (approximately 20 minutes away)

Technology Threats & Trends in Narcotic Investigations

Hosted by: Northeast Counterdrug Training Center 

Attachment Link(s): Technology Threats & Trends In Narcotic Investigations.docx
Link(s) will expire on 6/6/2020

Good afternoon,
Since 1999, Northeast Counterdrug Training Center has provided excellent and relevant training for law enforcement at no cost to their agencies. Funded by Congress and operated by the PA National Guard, we provide 300+ classes a year across the country and trained over 18,000 students in FY18. Our classes are taught by subject matter experts with extensive education, training, and experience with proven success in their areas of expertise.

We are reaching out to you because we are offering classes in your state that still have seats available. Please take a look at the fliers provided in this email or visit and click on "Course Registration". You can filter out our classes by state or select Course Descriptions (located under "Upcoming Training" at the top).

Please share this information with any law enforcement who would benefit from our programs.

This email is sent from our system, so if you are interested in contacting us, our phone number is 717-861-2070 or email us at [email protected].

SGT Sean Sullivan
Mobile Training Coordinator
PA Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs | Northeast Counterdrug Training Center
Bldg. 8-65 - Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA