Law Enforcement Services
One of the primary roles of the Pennsylvania State Police is to provide police services and assistance to other law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth. These services range from laboratory testing to specialized training – all with the goal of keeping our communities as safe as possible.
Investigative Services and Assistance - The Pennsylvania State Police offer a variety of services and assistance to the law enforcement community within Pennsylvania. The requests for these services are made available via the requestor's respective Troop.
- Major Case Team
- Patrol Services
- Forensic Services Unit
- Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Specialist
- Vehicle Fraud Investigators
- Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC)
- Amber Alert Activations
- Liquor Control Enforcement
- Fire Marshal
- Drug Recognition Experts (DRE)
- Special Emergency Response Team (SERT)
- Clandestine Lab Response Team
- Hazardous Device and Explosives Section
- Equestrian Detail
- Computer Crime
- The Pennsylvania State Police Academy Training Calendar -
The courses in this Training Calendar are available for Pennsylvania State Police personnel, municipal police officers, and personnel from other criminal justice agencies. Regardless of an officer’s past training and experience, the courses offered in this training calendar provide many opportunities to learn and apply new skills or build on existing skills to improve the quality of service to the communities we serve. Qualifying individuals may download Form SP8-130 - Pennsylvania State Police Application for Enrollment in State Police Training Course and submit it accordingly. Additionally, a map of all PSP Training Center locations may be found here.
- Municipal Police Officers' Education & Training Commission (MPOETC) - MPOETC Mandatory In-Service Training (MIST) Program - The course covers legal issues affecting municipal police officers throughout the Commonwealth. This course, a staple in the MIST curriculum, will cover new criminal and traffic laws, Rules of Criminal Procedure updates, and changes in other statutes related to law enforcement.
- Pennsylvania Lethal Weapons Training - The Lethal Weapons Training Act covers the training and licensing of watch guards, protective patrolmen, detectives and criminal investigators who carry and use lethal weapons in their employment. The act spells out the powers and duties of the State Police commissioner in regard to the act and provides penalties for violations of the act.
- Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Forensic Services Training Calendar - The Bureau of Forensic Services provides training in Basic Crime Scene Investigation, Shoe and Tire Impression Evidence, Digital Photography, and Crime Scene Photography.
- Pennsylvania State Police Reconstruction Seminar - This seminar is designed for all collision reconstructionists. The purpose of the seminar is to allow reconstructionists to network with others in their field and to explore new ideas and technology in the dynamic field of collision reconstruction. The seminar will change each year and will concentrate on the review of interesting investigations, field studies, and training in specialized areas of reconstruction. You may also download/View the 2013 Reconstruction Seminar brochure.
- Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program - The Drug Evaluation and Classification Program focuses on training troopers and police officers to recognize when an individual has been driving under the influence of drugs and to identify the type of drug causing impairment. The DEC Program was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and approved by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Upon completion of their initial training, officers are certified as Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) and become far more effective in identifying drug-impaired individuals.
- Commercial Vehicle Safety Training - This training is utilized by Pennsylvania to certify inspectors to conduct systematic driver/vehicle inspections as authorized by the Vehicle Code [Title 75 Pa.C.S. §4704(f)]. Updated 12/28/2009
PaCIC - Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center - PaCIC Analysts provide Department members and federal, state, and municipal law enforcement agencies with access to intelligence information, investigative data, and public source information 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Analysts also provide investigative support by analyzing complex information and collating it into intelligence summaries; organization charts; link analysis; time event analysis; and other manageable, professional products.
CLEAN - The Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network (CLEAN) is used by the Commonwealth’s criminal justice agencies to access driver license and motor vehicle information, state criminal history record information maintained in the Pennsylvania State Police central repository, the Commonwealth's central registry for Protection from Abuse orders, "hot" (stolen and wanted) files, law enforcement messaging capabilities, and a host of other services. CLEAN is Pennsylvania’s conduit to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC), and to National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS), the International Justice and Public Safety Information Sharing Network. The Pennsylvania State Police also provide a number of CLEAN/NCIC Work sheets to assist law enforcement agencies/departments with their use of CLEAN.
MPOETC - Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission - MPOETC is responsible for establishing and maintaining training standards for municipal police officers and other police officers who have been legislatively placed under their authority. Additionally, MPOETC is tasked with establishing and maintaining standards for instructors and curriculum content at the 21 certified schools across the State that deliver the basic police training curriculum under Act 120. Each year, the Commission staff coordinates the development of 12 hours of in-service training which is mandatory for all municipal police officers across the Commonwealth. The Commission is also responsible for the certification and decertification of municipal police officers. Officers must be certified by MPOETC prior to enforcing the Crimes Code, moving violations of the Vehicle Code, or carrying a firearm.
Municipal/Regional Police Department Forms
Municipal/Regional Police Department Speed Enforcement Intergovernmental Agreements: The chief or head of the municipal or regional police department requesting an agreement shall be responsible for completing the applicable Municipal/Regional Police Department Speed Enforcement Intergovernmental Agreement With the Pennsylvania State Police, and affixing their signature and date on the original. A separate Municipal/Regional Police Department Speed Enforcement Intergovernmental Agreement with the Pennsylvania State Police shall be prepared/submitted for each highway for which an agreement is sought. The completed form shall be submitted to the Troop Headquarters/Station responsible for the geographic area wherein the requested speed enforcement is to occur. To access the following forms click on the links below:
· SP 6-106 Full-time Municipal/Regional Police Department Speed Enforcement Intergovernmental Agreement with the PA State Police
· SP 6-106A Part-time Municipal/Regional Police Department Speed Enforcement Intergovernmental Agreement with the PA State Police
Pennsylvania State Police Indentification Supplies
The Pennsylvania State Police supply identification supplies to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Agencies ONLY. All orders are subject to validation. The following forms are provided:
· SP 4 -123 Arrest and Institution Fingerprint Cards
· SP 4-124 Applicant Fingerprint Cards
· SP 4-124A Personal Identification (Children’s)
· SP 4-125 Envelopes, Fingerprint
· SP 4-120 Requisition for Identification. Supplies
· SP 4-164 Request for Criminal History Record Information Palm Prints (LIVE SCAN ONLY)
You may download/view and submit the Pennsylvania State Police Requisition Form (SP4-120) for ordering Identification Supplies from PSP. You may reach the PSP Reproduction and Graphic Service section at: (717) 783-5596 or by FAX (717) 772-1426.
Lab and Forensics - The Bureau of Forensic Services is responsible for the operation of six regional laboratories located in Bethlehem, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Lima, and Wyoming. Forensic services are available in AFIS, Latent Prints, Firearms and Tool Marks, Questioned Documents, Drug Identification, Beverage Alcohol Analysis, Clandestine Laboratory Analysis, Serology, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, DNA, and Trace Evidence to all state, municipal, and federal law enforcement agencies.
- Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting - The Pennsylvania Summary UCR System provides every police jurisdiction in Pennsylvania with the ability to enter FBI required information via Web-based forms, or alternately, by uploading a file. Both the web-based data entry forms and the web-browser file upload capability guide the user step-by-step through the submission process. In addition to the data entry guides, this user-friendly system includes online help, real-time editing, and downloadable FBI forms. Fixed format reports are available for standard Summary UCR and Administrative reporting. Users specify the format, reporting period, and select order.
- Pennsylvania Police Pursuit System- Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, “the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code,” requires police departments in Pennsylvania to make a record of all vehicle pursuits and report them to the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). The PSP is required to collect these reports, analyze the data, and compile an annual summary that is reported to various entities. The detailed information collected from these reports is used to help identify both positive and negative factors influencing the outcome of vehicular pursuits, validate or refute the merits of pursuit policies and apprehension techniques, and recognize training successes and deficiencies. The analysis of pursuit statistics enhances the safety of police officers and the public they serve. The Pennsylvania Police Pursuit System provides a web-based system for collection of that data.
- Operation Nighthawk - The Pennsylvania State Police introduced Operation Nighthawk during the summer of 2002. The program is a two-day Driving Under the Influence (DUI) training/enforcement experience for all police officers to attend. The concept of the program includes specialized training in the area of DUI enforcement, combined with motivational speakers in a classroom setting. The motivation and education are immediately applied by officers during a massive DUI roving patrol event. The program has a significant impact on all attendees, as well as the citizens of the community.
Pennsylvania State Police Member Assistance Program (MAP) - MAP offers Pennsylvania State Police personnel and their families Peer Contacts to help through a wide range of personal and work-related issues. Peer Contacts are not professional counselors, but rather everyday PSP personnel who have received specialized training to help manage and maintain good mental and emotional health.
Pennsylvania State Police School Resource Officer Program - Among the primary missions of the Pennsylvania State Police is the protection of our schools especially during normal hours of school operation. In support of this mission, The Pennsylvania State Police established the School Resource Officer Program which began in 2006. The program places a dedicated Trooper in selected High Schools and Alternative Learning Schools as well as school related events. A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a specially trained Pennsylvania State Police Trooper who has the responsibility for general law enforcement duties, to include detection and investigation of criminal activities and protection of life and property. The SRO serves as a role model for students and as a valuable resource for students, parents, and school officials alike. The SRO helps maintain order and security on a day-to-day basis ensuring a safe learning environment. The Pennsylvania State Police strongly encourages school officials to look at participating in the program as it enhances the safety of students, staff, administrators, and visitors. The program is a fee based service allowing administrators flexibility in determining the number of hours and SRO’s to serve
each school. School Administrators interested in participating in the program can contact the Pennsylvania State Police Department Coordinator at 717-346-2698 or at firstname.lastname@example.org