IUP Criminal Justice Training Center specifically designed to satisfy the requirements for the PA Act 67 of 2019: School Safety and Security that extends for two years, followed by refreshers to stay current.
The School Security Personnel (SSP) Basic Training Program is a forty-hour (40) block of instruction designed for law enforcement officers and school safety professionals working in an educational environment with school administrators. The course provides tools for officers to build positive relationships with both students and staff. The course is also beneficial for educational professionals dedicated to providing a safe learning environment and provides a more in-depth understanding of the role and functions of a SSP.
Accreditation by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is pending, with the first cohort slated for June 2020.
Admission to the SSP program requires a HS Diploma/GED, approval of the Director of IUP’s Criminal Justice Training Center, and various clearances.
The 40-hour (pass/fail) program may be offered in person or on-line over a period of 5-6 weeks throughout the year. Successful completion requires students to pass unit quizzes and deliver a culminating presentation. Students will receive a certificate upon passing the program. A course representing the SSP program will appear on the student’s IUP clock hour transcript which will serve as official confirmation of completion.
More details outlining the program’s curriculum, fees, and required clearances will be outlined on the IUP Criminal Justice web page.