Training - What We Are Doing

Penn State police officers currently receive ongoing mandatory and specialized training throughout their careers as mentioned here. UPPS remains committed to enhancing and improving our training efforts. 

PowerDMS Training

All police officers, security, and staff, including lead administrators within the department, are enrolled in the Power DMS system, which allows for mandatory monthly online trainings on a wide array of subjects.

Initially, prioritized training consists of accreditation and high-risk training topics, such as:

  • Use of Force
  • Officer Wellness
  • Emergency Management
  • Supervision
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Mental Health
  • Community Policing
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Compliance
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Traffic and Vehicle
  • Trauma Informed Investigations and Interviewing

In 2023, training was completed in 12 different areas for a total of 14,950.55 hours, as noted below.

2023 Training Data

Topic Training Hours Per Assignee Total Training Hours Completed
Compliance All Staff 2,111.5 hours
Communications Police Dispatch 30 hours
COP Police Officers 104.5 hours
CPR/First Aid Training Police Officers/Dispatch 1,349 hours
Crime Scene/CIU Police Officers 1,210.5 hours
DEI All Staff 523.75 hours
Emergency Management All Staff 827 hours
Mental Health All Staff 204 hours
Supervision Supervisors/Civilian/Sworn 494.8 hours
Traffic Vehicle Police Officers/Dispatch 338.5 hours
Use of Force Police Officers 7,091 hours
Wellness (Officer) Police Officer 666 hours
Total Training Hours   14,950.55 hours