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High school students can apply for to attend the Pittsburgh Police Student Police Academy


The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is offering an opportunity for local area students in grades 9-12 and attend either a public, parochial, private or charter School in the community to learn firsthand about the roles and career opportunities of being a Pittsburgh Police officer.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Student Police Academy (SPA) offers dialogue, discussion, field trips and experiences of what policing and its training is all about. Students will receive two and a half hours of training each Monday from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Kingsley Association Community Center beginning Monday, Feb. 20, for 10 weeks.

Training will be in many of the various functions of law enforcement. Students will experience some of the highlights of police training and will be exposed to the operations of the bureau.

Students will learn the basics of criminal law, search and seizure, patrol tactics and many other subjects. They’ll learn about the processing of a crime scene, how police canines are used, and will be exposed to many of the specialty police units.

SPA participants will meet and talk with street officers they see in the neighborhoods every day, as well as members of the command staff and training staff that serves them. There is no cost to participate in the Student Police Academy.

Instructors will be law enforcement professionals who teach both veteran and recruit police officers. Students will leave this training with a greater understanding of the job police are required to do and with an increased ability to see how the police serve the community.

This program is not an accredited certification course to become a sworn police officer.

Applications are available at:

For more information on the City of Pittsburgh Student Police Academy, contact Sergeant Eric Kroll at or John Tokarski at 412- 255-2117 or


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