Citizen Police Academy:

The Citizen Police Academy is a free twelve-week program that is designed to provide participants with basic information about the law enforcement profession and the daily operations of the Bethel Park Police Department. Officers of the Bethel Park Police Department and guest speakers from other government agencies serve as instructors for the program.

Academy participants may experience a facilities tour, firearms simulator, (at  the Pittsburgh Technical Institute), as well as hearing presentations from all levels of law enforcement (Local, State, Federal). The program ends with a dinner and graduation ceremony. Classes are held on Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., at the Bethel Park High School Media Room.

 

Ultimately the objective of the program is to open new lines of communication and to create partnerships between the Police Department and the community.

Who can participate?
Applicants must be: 18 years of age or older and a resident or Bethel Park business owner.

When is the program held?
The next class will begin on January 14, 2015.  Applications are being accepted now through January 7, 2015 and the class will be limited to 50 participants..  For more information, call Officer Tom Rigatti @ 412-831-6800 ext. 104 or send an email to trigatti@bethelparkpolice.net

How do I apply for the program?
C.P.A. Applications are available by clicking the applications link or they can be picked up at the Bethel Park Police Department Administrative offices during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

How/where do I send my completed application?
US Mail: Bethel Park Police Department - Citizen Police Academy
5100 West Library Avenue, Bethel Park, PA 15102

Email: police@bethelpark.net

Hand Delivery: Bethel Park Police Administrative Offices
First floor Bethel Park Municipal Building

Bethel Park Police Law Enforcement Apprenticeship Program (L.E.A.P.)


The Law Enforcement Apprenticeship Program was modeled after the Citizen Police Academy program and is offered in a cooperative effort by the Police Department and the Bethel Park School District.  An extension of the Police Pals Program, the objective of the LEAP program is to provide information about the law enforcement profession for those students who may have an interest in pursuing law enforcement as a career at the federal, state, or local level.

L.E.A.P. is a free twelve-week program and is held during the school year on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bethel Park High School.  During the twelve program participants may experience a facilities tour, firearms simulator as well as a trip to the Police Academy.  Some of the class presenters are from the FBI, U.S. Marshal's Office, Pennsylvania State Police, Allegheny County Bomb Squad, Port Authority Canine, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the Bethel Park Police Department. 

Who may participate?
Applicants must be:  A Bethel Park High School student.  (Preference will be given to Seniors and Juniors)


When is the program held?             
The program begins on Wednesday  January 14, 2015 (Applications accepted now through January 7, 2015)


How do I apply for the program?
L.E.A.P Applications are available by clicking the applications link or at they can be picked up
at the Bethel Park High School Guidance Office.


How/where do I send my completed application?
Hand Delivery: Bethel Park High School Guidance Office

Scholarship Availability? 
There is a college scholarship available to any Senior at Bethel Park High school that has fulfilled the attendance requirements for one year of the LEAP program.  The requirements to become eligible is the student must attend 10 of 12 classes during a LEAP class.  Students can participate in the program all 4 years if they want.

If you need further information, please contact Officer Rigatti trigatti@bethelparkpolice.net