Law enforcement careers: Expanded educational opportunities for teens

Expanded educational opportunities for area teens interested in a career in law enforcement will open up this fall.

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Bureau of Training and Education announced expanded opportunities in law enforcement education for 15-18 year old teens.

The Hill Impact Program, which has expanded to two locations in Pennsylvania, is now accepting applications. The 14-week program will run simultaneously at the PSP Academy in Hershey and the PSP Southwest Training Center in Greensburg.

The program is free of charge and introduces teens to many different elements of training and education; including physical fitness and paramilitary disciplines. Participants gain an understanding of what it takes to be a state trooper while learning about various elements of police work. That includes things like the Pennsylvania crimes code, vehicle code, and rules of criminal procedure.

The program will begin at both locations in September. Participants meet once a week for 2 1/2 hours in the evening and 4 hours on 4 Saturdays. The registration deadline is June 30 but interested teens should sign up quickly as class sizes are limited.

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Teens with a serious interest in attending courses in Hershey should contact Trooper Clint Long at 717-497-4577 or ra-sprecruiter-acad@pa.gov. To sign up for the program in Greensburg, contact Trooper Abby Blazavich at 717-614-7971 or ra-sprecruiter-trp-a@pa.gov.

The Hill Impact Program launched last year at the PSP Academy, commonly known as The Hill. The academy has served as the training grounds for thousands of PSP troopers since 1960.

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