Reading Police
Department

Basic Police Curriculum

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Curriculum Sections

Classroom

Practical

Total Hrs

Test #

# Questions

Module

MODULE 1

 

01. Introduction to the Academy

   

6

   

a. Academy Mission

1

   

N/A

   

b. Academy Objectives

1

   

N/A

 

c. Academy Rules and Regulations

1

   

N/A

 

d. Learning and Study Skills

2

   

1

 

e. Role and Function of MPOETC

1

   

1

02. Introduction to Law Enforcement in PA

   

28

     

a. History and Principles of Law Enforcement

2

   

1

50 Q

 

1

(200)

b. Ethics and Moral Issues

8

4

 

1

c. Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving

8

   

1

d. PA Criminal Justice System

2

   

1

e. Report Writing & Notes

4

   

1

03. Laws and Criminal Procedures

   

119

     

a. Constitutional Law

2

   

2

50 Q for T2 20 Q‐OB T3

 

b. Authority and Jurisdiction

2

   

2

c. Criminal Law

36

   

2 & 3

d. Criminal Procedure and Laws of Arrest

24

8

 

4

50 Q

e. Search and Seizure

24

8

 

5

50 Q

f. Admissions and Confessions

2

   

6

 

10 Q

g. Civil Laws

4

   

6

h. Liquor Laws

1

   

6

i. Use of Force in Law Enforcement

8

   

7

20 Q

MODULE 2

 

2

(176)

(220)

04. Juveniles

   

8

   

a. Juvenile Law and Justice

8

   

8

10 Q

05. Human Relations

   

17

   

a. Perceptions of Human Behavior and Communications

10

   

9

 

30 Q

b. Cultural and Religious Considerations

3

   

9

c. Personal Bias and Procedural Justice

4

   

9

06. Responding to Special Needs

   

22

   

a. Behavior Management and Crisis Intervention

6

2

 

10

 

30 Q

b. Recognizing Special Needs

8

   

10

c. Mental Illness

6

   

10

07. Homeland Security

   

18

   

a. Overview of Homeland Security

4

   

11

 

30 Q

b. Citizenship Issues

2

   

11

c. Assessing and Responding to Threats of Terrorism

4

   

11

d. ICS/NIMS

6

2

 

N/A

08. Vehicle Code Enforcement

   

64

   

a. Vehicle Code and Enforcement

40

   

12 & 13

50 Q for T11 20 Q‐OB T12

b. DUI Enforcement and Prosecution

24

   

12

09. Crash Investigation

   

27

   

a. Crash Investigation & Scene Management

16

6

 

14

50 Q

b. Hazardous Materials and Environmental Crimes

5

   

14

MODULE 3

 

10. Patrol Procedures and Operations

   

105

   

a. Overview of Patrol Procedures

2

   

15

 

50 Q

3

(216)

(270)

b. Patrol Activities and Incidents

24

   

15

c. Vehicle Stop Techniques

8

14

 

15

d. Crimes in Progress

8

   

16

 

50 Q

e. Crowd Control and Civil Disorder

2

   

16

f. Domestic Violence

8

   

16

g. Gangs and Transient Criminals

8

   

16

h. Disguised Weapons

5

   

17

 

50 Q

i. Active Assault

6

16

 

17

j. Ethnic Intimidation & Bias Crimes

2

   

17

k. Radio Procedures

2

   

17

Curriculum Sections

Classroom

Practical

Total Hrs

Test #

# Questions

Module

11. Criminal Investigation

   

53

     

a. Crime Scenes and Evidence Collection

10

8

 

18

30 Q

 

3

(216)

(270)

b. Interview and Interrogation

8

4

 

18

c. Identification of Suspects

2

   

19

 

50 Q

d. Crimes against People

2

   

19

e. Crimes Against Property

1

   

19

f. Injury and Death Cases

2

   

19

g. Sexual Offenses and Human Trafficking

4

   

19

h. Crimes Against Children

4

   

19

i. Crimes Against the Elderly and Care‐Dependent People

4

   

19

j. Technology & Social Media

2

   

19

k. Surveillance

2

   

19

12. Drug Law Enforcement

   

14

     

a. Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act

2

   

20

 

30 Q

 

b. Drug Identification

8

   

20

c. Clandestine Labs

4

   

20

13. Case Presentation

   

16

     

a. Courtroom Testimony and Demeanor

10

6

 

21

10 Q

 

MODULE 4

 

4

(168)

(210)

Module 4 consists of classroom instruction and practical skills instruction. Completion of each Volume requires that the cadet successfully pass both the academic tests associated with classroom instruction and successfully demonstrate practical skills as evaluated on the corresponding skills checklist. Failure of a skills evaluation results in dismissal from the academy.

14. Operation of Patrol Vehicles

   

40

   

a. Emergency Vehicle Operation

20

20

 

22

10 Q

Successful completion of Driving Skills Checklist

20 PRAC

15. Physical and Emotional Readiness

   

84

   

a. Health and Wellness

4

   

23

 

20 Q

b. Emotional Health, Stress Management, and Resiliency Training

8

   

23

c. Physical Fitness Training and Testing Requirements

 

72

 

N/A

Successful completion of Final Physical Fitness Assessment

20 PRAC

16. Defensive Tactics

   

66

   

a. Tactical Self Defense

 

58

 

24

10 Q

b. Less Lethal Weapon Familiarization

3

5

 

24

Successful completion of Defensive Tactics Performance Evaluation

20 PRAC

17. Firearms

   

124

   

a. Handgun

6

68

 

25

 

20 Q

b. Shotgun

2

16

 

25

c. Introduction to Patrol Rifle

4

20

 

25

d. Stress Shooting Course

 

8

 

N/A

Successful completion of all Firearms Skills Checklists

20 PRAC

18. Emergency Response Training

   

40

   

a. First Aid, CPR, and AED

8

   

26

 

20 Q

b. Opioid Overdoses and Management

2

   

26

c. Tactical Medicine

6

24

 

26

Successful completion of Basic CPR/AED and First Aid Certification

20 PRAC

19. Handling Arrested Persons

   

28

   

a. Mechanics of Arrest, Restraint and Control

8

8

 

27

 

10 Q

b. Transporting Prisoners

4

   

27

c. In‐Custody Risks

4

4

 

27

Successful completion of Handling Arrested Persons Performance Evaluation

20 PRAC

MODULE 5

 

20. Scenarios and Practical Exercises

   

40

   

a. Final Scenarios (Each cadet must complete all required scenarios)

 

40

     

5

Successful completion of Final Scenarios is required for Gradation

 

Total Time

498

421

919

 

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