The Department of Public Safety Officers, upon hire, complete the following modules to include a test on the following topics:

Introduction to the Department of Public Safety

Patrol Techniques

Police Ethics

Constitutional Protection

Report Writing

Interview Techniques

Bloodborne Pathogens

Surveillance Techniques

Directing Traffic

Response & Search Techniques

Communication Technician Training

Lancaster City Ordinances

Workplace Violence

Field Training Officer

Improvised Explosive Devices

Drug Recognition

Clery Reporting

Crowd Management

Lancaster City Bureau of Police Agreement

Protection From Abuse

Bias-Based Policing

PA Crime Victims Act

Techniques of Investigation

Responding to Bomb Threats

Being an F&M Public Safety Police Officer

Fire Extinguisher Training

Detention Procedures

De-escalation Techniques

Response to Resistance or Aggressive Behavior

Courtroom Testimony

Surviving a Traumatic Event

Protecting Personal Information

Key to Managing Risk


Active Shooter on Campus

Responding to an Active Shooter

Conducting an Internal Affairs Investigation

Conducting Safe Vehicle Investigation

Lancaster County Wide Communication Systems

Dealing with Autism

Police Officer Safety



Social Media


Public Recording of Police

Cultural Diversity Awareness for Police

Helicopter Landing Zone

People with Disabilities


Implicit Bias

Duty to Intervene


Annually, each DPS Officer reviews all of the Department’s Written Directives, as well as, complete many of the above modules and tests as a refresher.  Along with this In-Department Training, outside speakers are invited annually to conduct training for DPS Officers on a variety of topics. 

DPS Police Officers also conduct firearms training and hands-on training regarding responding to resistance or aggressive behavior.   DPS Instructors are certified instructors in the course of the subject matter.

Several DPS Police Officers are Lancaster County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) members.  They have attended a 40 hour course available to all Police Officers in the State of Pennsylvania.  CIT programs create connections between law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency services and individuals with mental illness and their families.  Through collaborative community partnerships and intensive training, CIT improves communication, identifies mental health resources for those in crisis and ensures officer and community safety.

All DPS Police Officers have attended a 900+ hour course (Act 120) at a certified Police Academy available to all Police Departments in the State of Pennsylvania.  DPS Police Officers also complete annual training that every Police Officer in the state of Pennsylvania is required to take to maintain their active Police status. 

The courses each Police Officer completes in the Police Academy to obtain their Act 120 certification are:

Academy Mission

Academy Objectives

Academy Rules and Regulations

Learning and Study Skills

Role and Function of MPOETC

History and Principles of Law Enforcement

Ethics and Moral Issues

Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving

Pennsylvania Criminal Justice System

Report Writing and Notes

Constitutional Law

Authority and Jurisdiction

Criminal Law

Criminal Procedure and Laws of Arrest

Search and Seizure

Admissions and Confessions

Civil Laws

Liquor Laws

Use of Force in Law Enforcement

Juvenile Law and Justice

Perceptions of Human Behavior and Communications

Cultural and Religious Considerations

Personal Bias and Procedural Justice

Behavioral Management and Crisis Intervention

Recognizing Special Needs


Vehicle Code Enforcement

DUI Enforcement and Prosecution

Crash Investigation and Scene Management

Hazardous Material and Environmental Crimes

Overview of Patrol Procedures

Patrol Activities and Incidents

Vehicle Stop and Techniques

Crimes in Progress

Crowd Control and Civil Disorder

Domestic Violence

Gangs and Transient Criminals

Disguised Weapons

Active Assault

Ethnic Intimidation and Bias Crimes

Radio Procedures

Crime Scene and Evidence Collection

Interview and Interrogation

Identification of Suspects

Crimes Against People

Crimes Against Property

Injury and Death Cases

Sexual Offense and Human trafficking

Crimes Against Children

Crimes Against the Elderly and Care-Dependent People

Technology and Social Media


Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act

Drug Identification

Clandestine Labs

Courtroom Testimony and Demeanor

Emergency Vehicle Operation

Health and Wellness

Emotional Health, Stress Management, and Resiliency Training

Physical Fitness Training and Testing Requirements

Tactical Defense

Less Lethal Weapon Familiarization



Introduction to Rifle

Stress Shooting Course

First Aid, CPR, and AED

Opioid Overdoses and Management

Tactical Management

Mechanics of Arrest, Restraint, and Control

Transporting Prisoners

In-Custody Risks

Scenario Training

DPS Officers may also be approved to complete training conducted by outside agencies and companies pertaining to the Officers’ needs or interests.