Tuition and Act 165 Waivers


Tuition for the 2018 police academies is $5,500.00.  There are several methods for paying tuition:

  • GI Bill and PA National Guard and reservist educational benefits approved for both academies.
  • Self-pay: Westmoreland also has a three payment plan with one third due before classes start, another third payable 1/3 of the way through the class and the final third payable 2/3 of the way through the course.
  • The academy program is eligible for certain private educational loans. Please contact the police academy director at 724-925-4298 for details.

In an effort to keep the cost down to our cadet applicants, we do not add additional charges for reading tests, background investigations or physical entry assessment testing.

We allow the flexibility of the applicant to seek a medical professional for their physical and psychological test that fits their budget.  Should you have difficulty finding one of these professionals, feel free to contact us and we will assist you.

For information on finding a psychologist, physician or drug testing location please contact the director at 724-925-4298.

Act 165 Waivers

(Suspended by MPOETC until further notice)

Attention former Federal Law Enforcement and Military Police Officers:

Pennsylvania passed Act 165 of 2012 which, amongst other things, allows former Federal Law Enforcement Officers (FLEO) and former Military Police (MP) officers to obtain a waiver to a sizable portion of the Act 120 772-hour Basic Municipal Police Officer Training Program. MPOETC has asked existing PA Municipal Police Officer Training Academies to provide these training courses. WCCC has agreed to provide this training.

Once a waiver is approved by the Municipal Police Officer Training and Education Commission (MPOETC), the former FLEO or MP attends an abbreviated training course. Upon successful completion of the course and the state certification examination, these former FLEO’s and MP’s become certifiable as municipal police officers in the state of Pennsylvania. The MPOETC has developed an abbreviated Partial Waiver Course  specific to this FLEO/MP  waiver. The MPOETC may determine that additional training is required in HAZMAT, EVOC, Firearms, First Aid and CPR.