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Basic Training

Basic training shall consist of instruction in the topics of Introduction to Criminal Justice, Unified Court System of Pennsylvania, Civil Law and Procedure, Crimes Code and Criminal Procedure, Other Legal Issues, Court Security, Prisoner Transport, First Aid/CPR, Crisis Intervention, Families in Crisis, Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Less than Lethal Weapons, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Communications, Ethics and Professional Development, Technology and Law Enforcement, Physical Conditioning, Cultural Diversity, State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training, Special Needs Groups, PA Motor Vehicle Code, Motor Vehicle Collision Investigation/Hazardous Material, Patrol Procedures and Operations and Principles of Criminal Investigations. 

A deputy sheriff shall attain at least the minimum score established by the Board on written tests designed for each topic area and shall demonstrate proficiency in all practical skills in order to successfully complete training and be certified by the Board. 


  • Active Deputy Sheriff - A person whether full-time or part-time, who is titled, sworn-in or authorized to act as a deputy sheriff or who performs the duties of a deputy sheriff. 
  • In order to achieve initial certification, a newly hired deputy sheriff must attend and successfully complete basic training.
  • Registration for Basic Training is completed electronically, using the online enrollment process, by accessing the Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff Information System (SDSIS). 

Basic Training Physical Form - PCCD 115 (DOC) must be completed by a licensed physician and submitted on the first day of training