Education/Training Classes

There are several training opportunities throughout the year for PCPA members and associates to attend.
If you have an event you want posted and announced contact us at: [email protected]
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PERF National ICAT Training Facility in Decatur, Illinois

Law Enforcement Training for Defusing Critical Incidents
An innovative, evidence-based approach to use-of-force training, ICAT provides first responding police officers with the tools, skills, and options they need to defuse a range of critical incidents successfully and safely.

ICAT was developed by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) with input from hundreds of law enforcement professionals nationwide. It is currently being taught in police agencies of all sizes and in all parts of the country. The training focuses on situations involving persons in crisis and those who are unarmed or armed with weapons other than firearms.

Research confirms the effectiveness of ICAT training in several areas of officer performance. PERF is offering train-the-trainer sessions to law enforcement agencies interested in implementing ICAT for their officers.

About the Train-the-Trainer sessions
• A l½-day, hands-on exploration of all ICAT modules, including a new module on handling Suicide-by-Cop situations, and a new "Step Up and Step In" module that trains officers to exercise leadership and identify best tactics and communications in dynamic situations.
• Led by experienced trainers who have taught ICAT in their own agencies and others.
• Following the course, participants will be prepared to train their agency's personnel in ICAT and facilitate scenarios that develop officer competency using these principles in action.

Who Should Attend?
Because ICAT presents entirely new ways of handling many types of situations, participants should:
• Be well-respected informal leaders in your department, with credibility among line officers.
• Be receptive to implementing new ideas.
• Be currently working as trainers or able to assist in training for as long as it will take to train your department on ICAT.

Download the training anouncement brochure hereICAT IACP Flyer v2.pdf

Decatur video:

Implementation Guide:


Police Defensive Firearms Training;

Dates: Oct 12/13, 2023. 0830-1700

Host Agency: Bethlehem PD

Location: Bethlehem PD Classroom on Morning 1, Entrance is on the west side of this bank building: 52 W Broad St, Bethlehem, PA, 18018

Range Entrance is about ¼ mile N of this address: 2336 Riverside Dr, Hellertown, PA 18055  

Tuition: $395

Class is designed for Agencies that are considering the transition to this technology, or Agencies that have already selected a make/model of pistol mounted RDS.

Current Firearms Instructors will learn how to transition their Department to this accessory, including benefits of its use and policy considerations.  Non-instructors will benefit from the training methodology to shorten the learning curve and transition to RDS.

IF an agency is undecided about which RDS they may select/offer to their personnel, this class will discuss current technology, industry trends, and certain RDS features. (We do not endorse a specific make/model of RDS but can help you drill down on pros and cons of various models and how they may be configured).

Organized to help officers learn the efficient and effective way to utilize this tool, officers will avoid the common issues encountered when agencies employ this sighting system without effective transition training.

Students will zero their RDS, with explanations of the benefits of a zero, in real terms, at various distances. Dot size, expressed in MOA, will be thoroughly explained. RDS relationship to iron sights will be discussed. Myths regarding iron sight vs RDS qualifications will be dispelled.

Alternate aiming techniques will be drilled. Weapons manipulations (loading/unloading, malfunctions) will be practiced.

If the venue permits, an RDS night shoot will be conducted.

RDS benefits to veteran officers will be discussed. Advantages of RDS at distance will be discussed, demonstrated, and drilled.

Taking advantage of the intuitive “target/threat focused” benefit of the RDS, students will undergo a structured series of drills and exercises that will allow rapid skill acquisition, confidence, and increased proficiency with their duty handguns. Before and after skill tests will be conducted.

Required Equipment:

  • Duty Pistol equipped with RDS
  • 3 Magazines
  • Holster that that allows RDS on duty and weapon-mounted white light
  • Ball cap
  • Eye protection
  • Hand-held light
  • 500 rounds of ammunition

Firearms Instructors are encouraged to attend to learn how they might transition their agency.  Non-instructors will benefit from the training methodology to shorten the learning curve and transition to RDS.


The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association presents
2023 Physical Fitness Coordinator Class (PFCITP)
Eastern Pennsylvania Location
To be held at:
Huntingdon Valley Community Center – Huntingdon Valley, PA
Recertification Class: Friday, October 13, 2023 (1 day/8 hours) COST $100
Class runs from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with a 45-minute lunch break. Attire is casual business.
(This is a 3 -year recertification and the class size is capped at 40 participants)
DEADLINE for registration Monday, October 9, 2023 - 4:00 PM

LOCATION: Huntingdon Valley Community Center, 625 Red Lion RD – 2nd Floor, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
Location: Classroom
Parking:  Located on premise
PREREQUISITES: Must be previously certified as a Physical Fitness Coordinator

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The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association presents
Fall / 2023 Physical Fitness Coordinator Class (PFCITP)
(Certification and Recertification)
Eastern Pennsylvania Location
Certification Class
: Mon. NOVEMBER 6 thru Fri. NOVEMBER 10, 2023 (5 days/40 hours), COST $400
(Full Certification class size is capped at 24 participants)
Recertification Class: Wed., NOVEMBER 8, 2023 (1 day/8 hours) COST $100
(This is a 3 -year recertification and the class size is capped at 12 participants) 

DEADLINE for registration November 1, 2023 - 4:00 PM 

Certification Class FEE includes Health and Fitness textbook, Class Manual, and body fat calipers.               

LOCATION: Allentown Police Academy, 2110 Park DR, Allentown, PA 18103
Parking:  Parking is onsite in Academy’s main lot

PREREQUISITES: Must be current law enforcement personnel or police academy instructor & current basic first aid with CPR & AED certified (Some exceptions do apply for security personnel.  Call if additional information is needed).

INSTRUCTOR: Michael P. Grogan, police officer and Supervisory Physical Fitness Coordinator

Both classes run from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day with a 45 minute lunch break.  The first day will be casual business attire and gym clothes attire for the rest of the week.

This class is certified by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and recognized by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Training & Education Commission. The PFCTP is designed to present the student with information pertaining to the legal issues concerning physical fitness testing and training for law enforcement personnel. This includes the development and implementation of an annual incumbent physical fitness testing program. The student will also receive instruction in regard to anatomy, bio-mechanics, exercise physiology, aerobic & strength training prescriptions, body composition, injury management, health & wellness, nutrition, and physical fitness test battery protocols & standards. All training is consistent with the American College of Sports Medicine’s Standard of Ordinary Care. This course meets the qualification criteria established by Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Title 37, Section 203.72(a)(2)(ii)(C) for Special Instructors working as a Physical Fitness / Conditioning Instructor in a Municipal Police Officers Education & Training Commission certified police academy. 

Click here to register: Fall 2023 Physical Fitness Coordinator Class Certification & Recertification 

QUESTIONS REGARDING THE CLASS CONTENT?: email Instructor Mike Grogan at [email protected]
ON-SITE POINT OF CONTACT: Officer Thurman D’Argenio, (610) 437 - 7753

Holiday Inn Allentown-Bethlehem, an IHG Hotel, 4325 Hamilton Blvd, Allentown, PA 18103
(610) 366-1600

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Allentown Cen - Dorneyville, an IHG Hotel, 3620 Hamilton Blvd Route 222, Allentown, PA 18103
(610) 437-9255

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Allentown Dorney Hotel & Suites, 3220 Hamilton Blvd, Allentown, PA 18103
(484) 268-2124

Four Points by Sheraton Allentown Lehigh Valley, 3712 Hamilton Blvd, Allentown, PA 18103
(610) 437-9100



On Demand Training Now Available: Organized Vehicle Theft

As part of PACOP’s ongoing commitment to support Pennsylvania agencies, we are pleased to offer access to this week’s Investigating Trends series on Organized Vehicle Theft. NICB indicates that 2022 set near-record high for vehicle thefts totaling $6.6 billion in losses. In this training, CARFAX for Police hosts a panel of experts for a collaborative discussion on trends and solutions. Topics include: Assembly Plant and Railyard Theft, Rental Vehicle Theft, Hybrid and Synthetic Identities Used in Vehicle Theft, and Peer-to-Peer Vehicle Sharing Theft.

Panelists include:

  • Nate Bradley, MVI Operations Supervisor, Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Jenny Dusenbery, Director Corporate Security US, Sixt
  • Brandon Eldridge, Special Agent, National Insurance Crime Bureau
  • Sr. Trooper Robert Ivey, Criminal Investigator, Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence, Florida Highway Patrol – Troop Q
  • Trooper Specialist Joseph Marcum III, Criminal Investigator, Florida Highway Patrol

Click here to access the training. To register for additional trainings, visit You can also access previous episodes of the Investigating Trends by emailing [email protected]. Topics include:

  • Catalytic Converter Theft
  • Human Trafficking
  • Using Digital Data to Solve Homicides
  • Fraudulent Temporary Tags

All-in One Livescan and CPIN Booking Workstation online training on the PAVTN
(available 24/7, start and finish at your convenience)

Click here:  then and choose Programs and Systems then Forensic Identification - Fingerprinting & Booking. If you don't have login credentials contact Ken Zipovsky at: [email protected]


The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association presents
PCPA Lunch & Learn Series – “Building Your Knowledge”
David MacMain, Managing Partner of MacMain Leinhauser PC.
“Lessons Learned from 30 years of Defending Law Enforcement”

David J. MacMain is the Managing Partner of MacMain Leinhauser, PC located in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
His practice focuses on defending a wide variety of civil rights, employment and school claims - with a particular emphasis on law enforcement and corrections claims - and is often specially retained to defend §1983 and municipal liability cases throughout the country.

David has tried over 150 cases to verdict in favor of his clients - most of which are law enforcement and corrections claims - and has been named a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” each of the past 20 years in the field of Civil Rights and is rated “AV” Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. David currently serves as Solicitor to both the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, and the West Chester Borough Civil Service Commission. Prior to his legal career, David served as a Pennsylvania State Trooper.

David MacMain's contact information is:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 484.318.7703



Achieving PLEAC Accreditation
A Formula for Success
by Lexipol

Pennsylvania law enforcement leaders face a growing expectation to achieve agency accreditation through the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC). This mark of distinction helps to build community trust by creating greater accountability to recognized best practices.

In this presentation, Lexipol and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association focus on the why and the how of accreditation and provide strategies for how your agency can simplify the process. You’ll also learn about Lexipol’s new Law Enforcement Accreditation Service, designed to help your agency maneuver the accreditation process and successfully achieve PLEAC accreditation.

You’ll learn:

  • The benefits of and challenges to achieving accreditation.
  • How accreditation can help your agency meet evolving community expectations and provide better service to your constituents.
  • PLEAC accreditation requirements and processes, including recent changes.
  • Information on Lexipol’s comprehensive solution that provides all the components needed to achieve accreditation—and integrates with PowerStandards, PLEAC’s required assessment platform.

James Adams
Accreditation Program Coordinator
Pennsylvania Chiefs of
Police Association

Mark Anderko
Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Chief Jennifer Brubaker
East Hempfield Township Police Department

Chief Ken Truver
Castle Shannon Police Department​

Click here to View On Demand (Recorded November 1, 2022):


PCPA Lunch & Learn Series – “Building Your Knowledge”
Alicia Wetzel, Management and Program Analyst, FBI
and Joshua Kembel, PA State Police

"Pennsylvania Participation within the Use-of-Force Data Collection"

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM
Where: Zoom Call in the comfort of your office
Host: PCPA Executive Director, Scott Bohn
Presenters: Alicia Wetzel, FBI and Joshua Kembel, PSP
Zoom Invite Link
No Registration Necessary.
This presentation will be a collaboration between the FBI and the Pennsylvania State Police, UCR Manager. The topics of discussion will be as follows:

  • History of data collection
  • What kind of data is collected
  • The Pennsylvania State Police data repository & how agencies can submit their data

An informative presentation that you will not want to miss!
Alicia Wetzel's contact information is:
Email: [email protected]
Joshua Kembel's contact info is:
Email: [email protected]


PCPA Lunch & Learn Series – “Building Your Knowledge”
Truleo CEO, Anthony Tassone and Chief Art Acevedo (Ret.)

"Measuring Police Professionalism with Body Camera Analytics"



PCPA Lunch & Learn Series – “Building Your Knowledge”

Bobby Merhaut, Sales Manager, CARFAX for Police:
 "CARFAX for Police Investigative Tools"

PCPA Lunch & Learn Series - “Building Your Knowledge”

Chris Boyle, Esq., Chris Boyle Law Enforcement Consulting, LLC
"Medical Marijuana and Law Enforcement in Pennsylvania"

Slideshow in Printable PDF version

ABLE Project Executive Session


PCPA Lunch & Learn Online Series-"Building Trust in Law Enforcement - Through Internal Affairs Policies & Procedures"

Download the session handouts here:
10-25-20 Sample Borough IA Policy from Gerber Christopher.docx
Gerber PA Chiefs Association on Internal Affairs Protection Against Claims.pptx


PCPA Lunch & Learn Online Series - "Being First Matters" - FirstNET



Roll Call Training

Illicit Trade and Trafficking

We need a united front to stop black-market criminality and trafficking in Pennsylvania. “The best way to put a halt to illicit trade in Pennsylvania and across the country is for law enforcement, the business community, and other leaders to work together, sharing information and expertise. By doing so, we have more eyes on the problem and more ways to root it out and stop it. Criminals who traffic in counterfeit and fraudulent products also traffic narcotics, guns, and even human beings. The black-market fuels organized criminal networks—including terror groups and drug cartels—while damaging our economy, businesses, and our communities.

Illegal trade fuels a $2.2 trillion-per-year industry of transnational crime and directly impacts communities across the Commonwealth:

  • In 2016, Pennsylvania ranked 2nd in the country for reports of heroin usage and third for reports of Fentanyl with 17,222 and 3,173 reports, respectively.
  • Ports in Philadelphia, Erie, and Pittsburgh facilitate the transport of commodities into and through Pennsylvania, providing drug traffickers with another method for smuggling drugs into the state.
  • Total revenue lost due to tobacco smuggling in Pennsylvania: $178 million.

The pervasive threat of illegal trade and black-market profiteering is pervasive amid supply shortages and the increase of e-commerce.  Far too often, unsuspecting consumers fall victim to nefarious actors looking to peddle counterfeit and stolen goods, putting consumers’ health in danger and harming legitimate businesses and, ultimately, taxpayers.

Scott L. Bohn
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association



E-mail: [email protected]
(908) 812-4176

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Our services include,
Customize culturally responsive led training programs and curriculums designed to transform the police work culture to better meet the needs of police officers and the true needs of the community. 

Newly developed culturally responsive recruitment curriculum designed to assist in the recruitment of African American police candidates.

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 Chris Boyle Law Enforcement Consulting, LLC
2023 Monthly Caselaw Updates

Date: New one-hour of videos on the 1st of every month
Time: Watch them any time that fits your schedule
Location: PowerDMS, PlanIT Schedule by NeoGov, or my online Learning Management Site - Teachable
Cost: $8.25/officer/month ($99 yearly subscription)
Online information:

MPOETC has now approved my monthly case law training for four
(4) hours of CLEE credit for 2023!

Every day, I review every case that comes out of the United States Supreme Court, every case in the Third Circuit, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, and every reported Pennsylvania state law case from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on down, that mentions law enforcement.  I pull any case involving a change or clarification in the law, and any that my thirty-two years in, and defending, law enforcement tells me is worthy of your time. Why is it worthy? - Either because I have defended officers sued based on the same concept, or it is an area where we fall short in applying criminal law, and the guilty go free. 

Every month, I provide these cases to you in four, fifteen-minute videos, on the first of each month, adding relevant “check-the-box” topic discussion as the need arises through the year.  The oldest case you will ever see in one of my updates? 31 days.  Each month I provide cadre members a test on that month’s training, to gauge “knowledge transfer”. And now, also knocking out that four hours of CLEE?  I don’t think it gets any better than that.

Keeping up to date on the most recent developments in the law will help keep you and your officers out of federal court as defendants, and at the forefront of professional policing. Each cadre member receives twelve hours of high quality, up to the minute training over the course of a year for less than ten bucks a month.  If you head off just one federal lawsuit, the investment pays for itself many times over. I look forward to you joining the 108! Departments already taking part, and stand ready to answer any questions you might have, or to sign you up. Thanks for your time!

(Ret.) Lt. Chris Boyle #125, Esq.
[email protected]