Police Academy


The Lieutenant Joseph L. Szczerba Police Academy is located in the community of Kimberton, just outside of Newark. The 14,000-square-foot facility replaced an abandoned swimming pool that was located within an area which had experienced a high level of crime. Dedicated in 2000, this modern building provides a venue for the instruction of new recruits.

The academy is approximately 30 weeks.

Daytime hours, Monday-Friday (non-residential) with weekends off.

Daily activities include uniform inspection, classroom instruction and physical training.


Training at the academy is both extensive and intensive, involving instruction in a variety of different areas including:
State and local laws
Police procedures and protocols
Firearms and the use of force
Community relations
Specialized driver education
Interpersonal relationships

  1. While the department will attempt to consider individual circumstances during the hiring process, dishonesty will result in immediate disqualification.