Ongoing Education & Training

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania mandates only limited continuing training for police personnel on an annual basis. However, the Philadelphia Police Department aspires to demonstrate excellence in policing by providing education and training beyond the minimum. While some funding in the form of grants has been available on a sporadic basis, Commissioner Richard Ross has put an emphasis on education and training and is partnering with the Foundation to secure outside funding for the following highly respected training programs:

Anti-Bias Training

Implicit Bias and Anti-Discrimination Training Program is a one-time, four-hour course initiative to make officers more aware of the effects of implicit bias and provides the information and skills that officers need to identify and reduce their biases. The curriculum addresses bias in the areas of racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and socio-economic status.

Target: 6,525 officers (all of the Philadelphia Police Department)
Cost per Attendee: $50
Total Project Cost: $326,250

Police Supervisory-In-Service Training (POSIT)

This one-week training prepares newly-promoted sergeants and corporals to take on supervisory positions. It is conducted by Pennsylvania State University faculty.

Target: 70 newly-promoted sergeants and corporals
Cost per Class: $13,654
Times per Year: 2
Total per Year: $27,308

Police Executive Development (POLEX)

This two-week mandatory training for lieutenants enhances the leadership and management skills of executive-level law enforcement practitioners.

Target: 50 lieutenants
Cost per Class: $20,558
Times per Year: 2
Total per Year: $41,116

Senior Management Institute of Police (SMIP)

This three-week program of the Police Executive Research Forum provides senior police executives with intensive training in the latest management concepts and practices used in businesses and government, as well as discussions on the most challenging issues facing law enforcement executives today. Each captain receives 120 hours of training.

Target: 4 captains
Cost per Class: $10,000
Times per Year: 1
Total per Year: $40,000

Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (SPCP)

SPCP is an intensive 10-week training program that prepares law enforcement managers for senior positions by uniquely combining academic principles with practical applications. Each officer receives 400 hours of training.

Target: 35 captains, lieutenants and sergeants
Cost per Attendee: $4,000
Times per Year: 1
Total per Year: $140,000

Recruit Training Program

All new Police Academy recruits participate in this training program developed by the Commissioner’s staff that aims to provide a deep understanding of individual constitutional rights. The program collaborates with the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Target: Approximately 600 recruits per year
Times per Year: 4
Total per Year: $43,800