Reading Police


Reading Police Academy

The Reading Police Academy is currently accepting applications for the Class of 2021-01.  The class is scheduled to start on January 11, 2021.  Applications can be downloaded by clicking on the attached link.  Please read each form carefully and fill out completely. The Pre-Service Cadet Application is a fillable document and can be done on the computer.

If there are questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 610-655-6308.

Be advised that due to the current pandemic, applications will not be accepted in person; instead please mail COMPLETED applications to:

Reading Police Academy

540 Upland Avenue
Reading, PA 19611
2nd FLR (Rm 223)

Attn: Rosa Avram

Applications must be received on or before Monday, November 9, 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 and your doctor carefully read MPOETC’s vision requirements on the MPO-210 form.

Your application will be reviewed once it is received, and I will email you if it is incomplete due to missing information/documents. However, please be sure to look over everything before mailing it, and to also include your email where indicated on PG 2 of the Pre-Service application. Remember the Hold Harmless Agreement Form must be notarized and the Informed Consent Form needs a witness signature.

We are currently accepting applications forthe Academy class beginning January 11th

The Reading Police Academy is located 540 Upland Avenue Reading, PA 19611
2nd FLR (Rm 223). 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.


2022 Class Registration TBD



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
Basic Training Syllabus
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

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