PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



PSU Only Venue for Deputy Sheriff Training in PA

The only place in the whole Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where deputy sheriffs can be certified is in University Park, at the Penn State Justice and Safety Institute (JASI). Three times each year, the 760-hour Deputy Sheriff Academy program takes place. Spread out over 19 weeks per session, it consists of the in-depth, unique training that such a job demands.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Deputy Sheriff’s Education and Training Board oversee the program, but the actual training is provided by Penn State JASI. The program began at Penn State in 2000 after a mandate from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court expanded the duties of deputy sheriffs.

JASI’s deputy sheriff training involves instruction across multiple law enforcement fields, ranging from lawyers and judges to State Police and parole officers. The program includes everything a police academy would offer, like firearms training and first aid, plus a few more unconventional activities, like yoga. The institute prides itself on providing more practical, hands-on learning techniques, “instead of just a PowerPoint and a lecture,” explains Dan Miltenberger, JASI Law Enforcement Training Specialist.

All county sheriffs’ offices must send their deputies who have not completed sufficient police training to Penn State for the JASI program. The institute and the Deputy Sheriff Academy continue to expand; soon they will be able to offer college credit for training, making a degree more accessible. Regardless, the training is of such a high quality that only Penn State’s program has been deemed sufficient for deputies statewide.

For a closer look at the Deputy Sheriff Academy program, check out this video by Penn State Outreach:


Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Dan McCool

Dan is a senior and has been writing for Onward State since January 2010. Did you miss him? Nah, neither did we. He's returning after a semester abroad in England and will be serving as Arts Editor. Favorite things in life include references to The Big Lebowski.


Other posts by Dan

Erase Your Expectations: Dan McCool’s Senior Column

Don’t worry about what you should be doing, or how what you’re doing is going to fit into the cadre of college—or Penn State, for that matter—predetermined by our culture. Go make your own Penn State, without any expectations; you’ll be much happier.

After Condom Spat, UPUA Approves Funding for Sexual Violence Prevention & Awareness Month

UPUA Is Walking to Harrisburg, Not Much Else

Join Onward State: Spring 2019 Application

Want to be a part of the nation’s premier student-run media outlet? Want to have your words read or your pictures seen by hundreds of thousands of readers and social media followers?

Penn State Urges Legislators, Administration To End Government Shutdown

“As we work together to make the impact as least disruptive as possible to our students and employees, we strongly urge Congress and the president to end this impasse.”

Send this to a friend