Citizens Police Academy

The Hampton Township Police Department is offering a program to qualified citizens – the third annual Hampton Township Citizens Police Academy.  The program is designed to give the average citizen a better understanding of the criminal justice system, in particular, the role police officers play in the community.  Throughout the academy, students are presented with information on several key law enforcement topics.  Such topics may include police academy training, crime and vehicle codes, narcotics investigations, the role of the court system, use of force issues, evidence collection, and much more.

The Academy is free and will be held every Thursday from April 2, 2020 through May 28, 2020.  The classes will be held each Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hampton Township Community Center, 3101 McCully Road, Allison Park, PA 15101.

Applications can be picked up at the Hampton Township Police Department at 3101 McCully Road, beginning January 2, 2020.  You can also download, print and complete the attached application or complete the application online.  To be considered for the academy, please complete and return the application no later than February 28, 2020.  All participants will be contacted via phone or e-mail with additional information, if selected.  Please join us for a unique, behind the scenes experience into the world of law enforcement.

Potential students must be 18 years of age or older and never been convicted of a felony in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or elsewhere.

All questions should be directed to Officer Chris Finnigan at 412-486-0400, Ext. 1387 or at

The Hampton Citizens Police Academy is presented by Hampton Township Police Chief Thomas Vulakovich and program coordinator Officer Chris Finnigan.

Topics include: 

  • Allegheny County 911 Center
  • Patrol and Criminal Procedure Use of force/SRT
  • Court system
  • Forensics
  • Pennsylvania State Police Role, Function and Programs
  • City of Pittsburgh Police Department   K-9 Unit
  • Drugs and Opioids

 Agencies presenting include: 

  • Hampton Police
  • Allegheny County 911
  • Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department
  • Point Park University
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • City of Pittsburgh Police Department   K-9 Unit

The HCPA is conducted for informative and education purposes only. It does not qualify participants to become police officers under the training requirements set forth by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer’s Education and Training Commission (MPOETC).