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Our Vision

To be the leading provider of community and public safety oriented training and educational activities within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Our History

In 1987, an emergency medical services education program was established at Penn State Fayette, Center for Community and Public Safety (CCPS). The CCPS continues as an accredited provider for CPR, First Aid, AED, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support training, and is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as an EMS Training Institute approved to provide first responder, EMT, paramedic, and other associated training courses.

Since 1996, CCPS has developed comprehensive training curricula for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) constable education program. This project won an Association for Continuing Higher Education award as the nation's best non-credit continuing education program for 1998. Additionally, CCPS was awarded the contract to review and revise Act 2 Deputy Sheriff Curriculum for PCCD, including 760 hours of Basic Curriculum, 80 hours of Waiver Curricula, 20 hours of Continuing Education, Basic and Advanced Supervisory Curricula, and 16 hours of Merit Curricula. CCPS has demonstrated superior performance in needs analysis, instructional design, instructor guides, outlines, student manuals, case studies, exercises, student assessment, course evaluations, hands-on training, and train-the-trainer. CCPS produces all constable and deputy sheriff instructor materials in DVD format and provides a training CD to each constable and deputy sheriff.

Recently, CCPS was awarded and completed a PCCD contract to conduct a task/training needs assessment and produce a revised curriculum for the Crime Prevention Practitioner's Training Course.

CCPS has also been the contractor for three PCCD statewide crime prevention conferences, handling event logistics with distinction and producing post-conference summaries for 200 participants in DVD format. In 2012, CCPS was the contractor to host PCCD’s Office of Victims’ Services statewide 12th Annual Pathways for Victim Services conference in Lancaster, PA, managing all conference aspects that included nationally renowned speakers for nearly 300 attendees. Additionally, CCPS was the PCCD Western Crime Prevention Resource Center serving all of western Pennsylvania law enforcement for seven years before state funding was eliminated.

CCPS is also a nationally regarded training provider for the Defense Department. In 2005, CCPS completed the development of seven online courses on non-lethal weapons, under a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps and the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD), which involved the collection and incorporation of hundreds of photos and video clips. CCPS subsequently received three additional contract awards to update an expand this coursework. In October 2008, this program received the Award for Excellence for Non-Credit Program Development from the University Continuing Education Association Mid-Atlantic Region.

At the opening of the Marine Museum in Quantico, Va., in 2006, the JNLWD booth featured another example of CCPS technical excellence--its video of an aversive sound device.

In spring 2007, the center was awarded the contract to develop a Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Training and Qualifications Manual for the U.S. military, as well as a contract to develop a Non-Lethal Weapons Lecture Series; a contract to create Escalation of Force Multi-media Simulations; and a contract to produce a report on Non-Lethal Weapons on an International Landscape.

Since 1996, CCPS has been providing Mobile Training Team capability for law enforcement professionals throughout Pennsylvania. The center recently developed procedures and resources to expand operations on a national level. The team is comprised of more than forty law enforcement professionals that hold numerous specialties and certifications as both practitioners and instructors. The team's composition includes federal agents, state troopers, municipal police officers, undercover officers and retired military personnel. The team includes staff that has experience training foreign police and military units at their location (overseas). During the last decade, the CCPS has delivered 600 courses in over 250 locations serving 9,000 students. This includes basic level law enforcement training on such topics as:

  • Defensive Tactics
  • Less-Lethal Weapons
    • OC Spray
    • Riot Control Agents
    • Distractions Devices
    • Expandable Baton
  • Lethal Weapons
  • Tactics, Techniques and Procedures
  • Instructor/Train-the-Trainer Courses

Aside from course delivery expertise, the team also has development capabilities. This includes curriculum development/lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, instructor and student manuals, handouts, and training videos. At the local level, CCPS has delivered customized training on 50 different topics to 1,000 officers of 60 southwestern Pennsylvania police departments since 2002.

To further exemplify the center's expertise in working with law enforcement, CCPS is a partner with Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory in a recently awarded contract with the National Institute of Justice through its National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System to establish, maintain and execute the Weapons and Protective Systems Technology Center of Excellence (WPSTC). Through its relationship with WPSTC, CCPS produced for the NIJ in 2009 a 60-minute documentary designed to inform and compel an audience of school administrators, teachers, parents, school board members, policymakers, first responders, and police and SWAT team members to take steps toward making their local schools safer and more prepared to deal with natural and man-made emergencies such as chemical spills and with threats or actual incidents of violence.

CCPS continues to develop outstanding programs and services in regard to community and public safety.

Recent Initiatives

  • Currently reviewing and revising Act 2 (Deputy Sheriff) Curriculum
  • Development of Act 49 (Constable Education) Curriculum for statewide delivery
  • Revision of PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency's Crime Prevention Practitioners' Training Course
  • Development of a high-school educational course "Introduction to Underground Coal Mining"

Customized and Delivered Programs for:

  • Allegheny Energy
  • Consolidated Coal
  • Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa
  • American Video Glass
  • Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)
  • Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD)
  • United Mine Workers' of America (UMWA)
  • National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

The Center for Community and Public Safety is located at Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus, in Suite 108, Williams Building. The center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information about the Center for Community and Public Safety, please call 724-430-4213 or e-mail fayetteccps@psu.edu.