The James Biever Police-Community Alliance has donated funds to the Lebanon City and South Lebanon Township police departments to pay for the training of new recruits.

According to the JBPCA, the funds will be used to pay for basic police officer training, which is provided by the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission. Four recruits are currently receiving basic ACT 120 training, which the commission’s website says “establishes minimum curriculum and training standards for municipal police officers.”

Founded in 2020, the JBPCA so far has given $16,500 to local police departments for the training of nine recruits, including five in Lebanon, two in North Lebanon, and two in South Lebanon.

Lebanon city police Chief Bret Fisher said the gift “alleviates financial burden on the city” and makes “funds available for other outreach programs.” Chief Ken Zimmerman of the South Lebanon Township Police Department said the money helps those that cannot afford to pay for municipal police training, which opens up opportunities for someone to pursue a career in law enforcement.

From left, Patrolman Kyle Knight, Chief Ken Zimmerman, JBPCA president Michelle Biever, and Patrolman Christopher Moss. Knight and Moss are recent graduates from the Municipal Police Academy, receiving their ACT 120 on Dec. 21. (Photo provided)

Michelle Biever, president of the police-community alliance, said the foundation provides financial support for ACT 120 as well as other educational opportunities for police officers. She noted the foundation also funded FBI-LEEDA Basic Supervisor Training for five Lebanon city police officers.

“It is our mission to continue to provide educational funding for qualified men and women that will not only benefit our police officers but our local community as well,” she said.

More information on the James Biever Police-Community Alliance is available online at or by emailing

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