Reading Police Academy Class 2020-02

The Reading Police Academy is currently accepting applications for the Class of 2020-02.  The class is scheduled to start on July 6, 2020.  Applications can be downloaded by clicking on the attached link.  Please read each form carefully and fill out completely.

If there are questions, please email rosa.avram@readingpa.govPlease do not call the main number since training is taking place off-campus.

NOTE: Due to possible unforeseen circumstances involving COVID-19, the class may get pushed to January. We will continue to post updates on this page.


Be advised that due to COVID-19 and office closures, applications will not be accepted in person; instead please mail COMPLETED applications to:

Reading Police Academy

815 Washington Street

Reading, PA 19601

Attn: Rosa Avram

Applications must be received on or before Monday, May 11, 2020.

All forms and required documents are due at the time the application is returned, including drug results. Be sure to sign and date all forms.  Also make sure you carefully read MPOETC’s vision requirements on the MPO-210 form.

I am available by email only.  I will email you if your application is missing something, however please make sure you look over everything before mailing it. Make sure the Hold Harmless Agreement is notarized, and that you have a witness signature on the Informed Consent Form. Also be sure to include your email address on the Pre-Service application.


Applications Are No Longer Being Accepted For 2020


The Reading Police Academy is located on the campus of Alvernia University, Francis Hall, 400 Saint Bernardine Street Reading, Pennsylvania. The Academy has been certified since 1976 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission to teach the basic police officer curriculum. The Reading Police Academy is owned by the City of Reading and operated by the Reading Police Department.

The Basic Training Course as prescribed by Act 120, is designed to provide students with the initial skills necessary to begin their police careers. The Act 120 course is required training for all Pennsylvania municipal police officers. Two types of students attend the academy. The first are newly hired police officers enrolled to satisfy the requirements of Act 120. The second are pre-service students who are not hired by a police department. The pre-service students are taking the course in the hopes of enhancing their chances of police employment.

The course consists of 919 hours and is completed in a 22-week program. Classes run from 0700-1700 hours, Monday through Friday. A 1/2 hour is provided for lunch. Prospective students should be aware that the Reading Police Academy operates as a structured paramilitary school and the course is both academically and physically challenging.

It is important that all applicants are aware of the physical training standards and be able to meet the minimum standard to gain admission into the program. A copy of the Cooper Institute standards is provided in the application packet. Applicants failing to meet the standard will not be accepted into the program.


If you are unable to attend any of the below dates -

April 01, 2020 - Applications available to download
May 11, 2020 - Application Return Deadline
May 29, 2020 - Physical Fitness Test
June 12, 2020 - Psychological/Reading Comprehension Test
July 06, 2020 - Start of Class


Due to COVID-19, we will not accept applications in person.
Mail completed applications to:
Reading Police Academy
815 Washington Street
Reading PA 19601
Attn: Rosa Avram


Required Documents and Forms for Applicants

Academy Application Information
Academy Intro Letter
Applicant Hold Harmless, Release and Indemnity
Applicant Notice of Items to Complete
Applicant Notification Procedure
Authorization to Obtain Information
Criminal History Investigation
Essential Duties of Police Officers

Female Entry Standards Bench Press Chart
Health History
Informed Consent
Itemized Projected Cost for Pre-Service Cadets
Male Entry Standards Bench Press Chart
MPO-210 Physical Examination Form
Physical Information Coversheet
Pre-Service Application
Refund Policy Rate