Pennsylvania State Police are launching a program for older teens at the PSP Academy, located just over the county-line in Hershey, PA.

The PSP Academy occupies the easternmost portion of Pat’s Hill, a.k.a. “The Hill,” that iconic local peak adjacent to Hersheypark.

The 15-week program for children between the ages of 15 and 18 will provide teens interested in a law enforcement career with insight on what it takes to be a PSP Trooper.

Students will learn about the Pennsylvania crimes code, vehicle code, rules of criminal procedures, principles of law enforcement, and physical fitness.

The program will begin in February 2022 and include a weekly two hour evening meetings as well as one Saturday a month for three hours.

“Teenagers who are considering a career in law enforcement are encouraged to enroll in this free program,” said Major George Bivens director of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Training and Education in a press release announcing the program. “The program is designed to educate and give those in attendance a unique experience showcasing the career of a state trooper.”

Interested teens are encouraged to contact Trooper Clint Long no later than January 7, 2022 at or 717-497-4577.

The PSP Academy has been located at The Hill since 1960. Before moving to its current location off of Hersheypark Drive, PSP had also occupied a facility located in the area of today’s Hershey Middle School and its surrounding athletic fields, and prior to that it had barracks and training grounds in Lebanon County.

Hershey History Center file photo of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy located atop “The Hill” in Hershey. The facility is located a stone’s throw from the Lebanon County/Dauphin County county-line.

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