Academic Catalog

Municipal Police Academy, Certificate (MPT)

Department website: https://www.dccc.edu/academics/other-links/municipal-police-academy

Effective: Fall 2004

All students successfully completing this certificate will earn thirty-six (36) credits, an ACT 120 certificate and be eligible to begin work as a Municipal Police Officer

This program requires a special process for admission. Check with Admissions to submit additional materials and/or follow procedures for admission.


  • Apply principles of police discretionary conduct.
  • Describe the role of personal and professional conduct.
  • Depict police leadership traits and techniques.
  • Analyze psychological barriers to confrontation by police of their own emotional and psychological problems.
  • Analyze the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitution provisions that provide the legal basis for the exercise of police power.
  • Recognize provisions of Pennsylvania statutes that define criminal conduct.
  • Cite provisions of the Mental Health Act, Protection from Abuse Act, Liquor Control Act and Crime Victims Compensation Act.
  • Identify major provisions of the Controlled Substance Act pertinent to their enforcement capacity.
  • Apply appropriate provisions of the Motor Vehicle Code to specific factual situations.
  • Define reportable and non-reportable, traffic and non-traffic motor vehicle collisions.
  • Apply standard accepted principles of police patrol.
  • Delineate Miranda-warning requirements.
  • Define a preliminary investigation.
  • Apply principles of preliminary, crime site and follow-up investigation.
  • Apply principles of interview and interrogation.
  • Differentiate criminal investigation from civil investigation.
  • Identify the impact of role awareness, reference groups and motivation of human behavior.
  • Describe Constitutional and other legal requirements for arresting an individual or taking the individual into custody.
  • Demonstrate procedures required for arrest of individuals and for searches of those taken into custody.
  • Delineate unique problems involved in the detention of mentally ill, emotionally unstable and physically handicapped individuals.
  • Illustrate proper procedures for use of pistols, shotguns and holsters.
  • Operate police vehicles under normal and emergency circumstances.
  • Describe the officer’s responsibilities for civil and/or criminal penalty in case of police vehicle accident.
  • Illustrate written reports and note-taking skills.
  • Apply principles of emergency medical care to crisis situations.
  • List emergency medical problems confronted by police officers.
  • Describe various violent and dangerous situations, more particularly those involving domestic disputes, mentally ill individuals and violent criminals.
  • Identify proper procedure to handcuff suspects or prisoners.

The College will award a certificate of proficiency to students who complete 30 credits of an approved career program. These credits will not normally include physical education, developmental, basic and/or continuing education courses and will usually consist of 24 credits in the career specialty and six credits in general education. At least 50 percent of the credits must be earned at Delaware County Community College. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. At least six credit hours must be in courses that are awarded grade points.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
MPT 100 Introduction to Law Enforcement 2
MPT 101 Professional Development 4
MPT 102 Law and Procedures 3
MPT 104 Vehicle Code 2
MPT 106 Patrol Procedures and Operations 3
MPT 107 Principles of Criminal Investigation 3
MPT 204 Firearms 3
MPT 207 Emergency Response Training 3
 Hours23
Second Semester
MPT 105 Motor Vehicle Collision Inspection and Related Issues 1
MPT 103 Law and Procedures II 3
MPT 200 Human Relations 2
MPT 202 Crisis Management 2
MPT 205 Operation of Patrol Vehicles 2
MPT 206 Report Writing and Case Preparation 2
MPT 208 Handling Arrested Persons 1
 Hours13
 Total Hours36