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Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions

Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions

The Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville, Carroll County, trains more than 500 students daily from many agencies including: over 150 police and sheriffs' departments, local jails and detention centers, the Police & Correctional Training Commissions, Maryland State Police, Division of Correction and Patuxent Institution, Division of Parole and Probation, Natural Resources Police, Division of Pretrial Detention and Services, State Fire Marshal, Department of Juvenile Services, and the Public Safety Data Services Division.

The Center meets a variety of needs, including the training of police recruits, emergency vehicle operations, correctional entrance level, inmate transportation, firearms, adminstration, supervision, instruction, crime prevention, D.A.R.E., Leadership Development, emergency care, and other specialized uses. Academies for Parole and Probation, State Police, Department of Juvenile Services and Natural Resources are also located at the Center.

The Firearms Training Facility
The Firearms Training Facility provides a safe and realistic venue for training Maryland law enforcement officers in those skills related to the decision to shoot as well as how to shoot. The new facility supplements the current Liberty Lake facility utilized by the Maryland State Police as well as approximately 35 other agencies. The new Sykesville facility also provides a variety of specialized environments necessary to satisfy many important instructional needs.
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Driver Training
The Driver Training Facility is designed to greatly reduce deaths, personal injuries, lost productivity and insurance expenditures associated with police motor vehicle accidents.

The Highway Response Course is an expandable one mile oval roadway with interior connections to simulate driving conditions. It provides flexibility in training with a segmentable course that allows up to three simultaneous exercises, standard state highway signage allows clockwise and counter-clockwise vehicle direction, and a closed circuit television system allows remote observation and taping/playback capabilities.

The Tactical Course is a fifteen acre training area segmented to allow specialized skills and simulation of urban driving conditions. Supporting the driving courses is a building complex with 7,000 square feet for classrooms and office support. A simulator room equipped with the Mobile Operation Simulators gives the facility the most advanced driver training available.
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Parole and Probation
The programs through the Parole and Probation Unit focuses on training for employees dealing with community corrections and offender supervision and management. In addition, many courses are offered yearly for support services that include computer skills and other job related topics.

The Unit recently completed training new Parole and Probation Agents and soon plans to start another Academy class. Along with the Agent Academy, the Drinking Driver Monitor Program will also have an Academy and both will graduate in November. We continue to make improvements to the programs to better prepare new employees for the field. The support from DPP Leadership and the energy of the Training Unit make the training run effectively.

For more information, contact Andrea King-Wessels, Parole and Probation Administrator, at 410-875-3435.
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Police Entry Level Training Program
The PELTP is a 26 -week, 1040 hour course of instruction for members of small to medium-sized police agencies. The Police Academy curriculum incorporates community policing strategies with a strong emphasis on Scenario-Based Learning (SBL) activities throughout the training. The course serves officers from municipal police departments, county sheriffs' offices, school and university police departments and home detention units WHO DO NOT HAVE AN ENTRY LEVEL TRAINNG PROGRAM . Instruction includes; Organizational principles and law; Patrol tactics; Traffic Laws and Enforcements; Criminal investigations; Emergency medical care; Radio Communications; Report writing and composition; Crime prevention; Crisis intervention; Protective strategies and tactics; Emergency vehicle operations, Prisoner processing and security; Courtroom preparation and testimony; Health and wellness; Terrorism and weapons of mass destruction and Police officer firearms training and qualification. Each week is devoted to the problem-solving process to practical police problems.

There are labs where students individually or in teams can develop skills such as interpersonal communication, leadership, evidence collection, Crime scene photography, fingerprinting, warrant applications, and relevant Federal, State, and Local Police topical issues that may present themselves during their time at the Academy.

An outstanding academic feature of the Training Commission's PELTP is the opportunity for graduates to obtain 33 college credits from Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). This entry level program was conceived and designed as an affordable and accessible alternative for those smaller municipalities of Maryland Law Enforcement that are seeking an academically-innovative and adult learning based approach to police recruit training.

Individuals must be employed by a Maryland Law Enforcement Agency to attend the MPCTC PEL.
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Correctional Entry Level Training
The mission of the Correctional Entrance Level Training Program is to develop solid career foundations through evidence based training, instilling ethics and pride to properly trained correctional professionals ensuring the safety of the public, employees, and offenders.

Nationally recognized as one of the leading authorities in adult-based training and staff development, the Correctional Entrance Level Training Program will promote an academic atmosphere conducive for state-of-the-art learning creating a highly trained and professional correctional workforce.
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The Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute
The Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute provides "Crime Prevention for the 21st Century", a series of free crime prevention training presentations for community, business and law enforcement.

MCCPI provides training on a variety of crime prevention topics. Should your agency or organization be interested in any of these topics, contact the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute to discuss available resources.

MCCPI also provides on-site technical assistance to organizations and communities desiring to organize or to further develop a crime prevention or community policing program. The Institute can assist you in developing strategies specific to your needs in many ways.
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Leadership Development Institute
The programs offered through the Leadership Development Unit of the Police and Correctional Training Commissions focuses on training for beginning, middle and senior level leaders of our Department.
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Contact Info

Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions

6852 4th Street
Sykesville, MD 21784