Available Training

PAVTN.net offers training related to a variety of relevant topics. Select a curriculum title to learn more about the available training. 

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MPOETC Curriculum

The Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education & Training Commission (MPOETC) provides access to several of their yearly Mandatory In-service Training (MIST) courses in an online format on PAVTN.net. Officers can earn some of their needed certifications by completing these courses. For information about how to enroll in the online MPOETC curriculum click here


Legal Update (19-001) Mandatory Course - 3 Credit Hours

Unknown Risk Vehicle Stops (19-002) - 3 Credit Hours

Advanced Interviewing Techniques (19-003) - 3 Credit Hours

Criminal Technology and Electronic Evidence (19-004) - 3 Credit Hours



Legal Update (18-001) Mandatory Course - 3 Credit Hours

Procedural Justice Tactics & De-escalation (18-002) - 3 Credit Hours

Assessing & Planning for Active Assaults (18-003) - 3 Credit Hours

Detecting & Avoiding Ambush Situations (18-004) - 3 Credit Hours



Legal Update (17-001) Mandatory Course - 3 Credit Hours

Procedural Justice & Police Legitimacy (17-002) Mandatory Course - 3 Credit Hours

Handling Drug Overdose (17-003) - 3 Credit Hours

Intelligence Assisted Policing (17-004) - 3 Credit Hours 

Conviction Integrity (CLE00488) - 3 Credit Hours

Responding to Veterans in Crisis (CLE00571) - 3 Credit Hours

Responding to Victims of Trauma (CLE00639) - 1 Credit Hour



Legal Update (16-201) Mandatory Course - 3 Credit Hours

Use of Force (16-202) 6 Credit Hours

Tactical Medicine (16-203) 3 Credit Hours

Substance Abuse Prevention for First Responders (15-808) MPOETC approved elective 3 Credit Hours 


Legal Update (15-201)             Civil Law (15-202)               Human Trafficking (15-423)

Domestic Violence (15-802)



Legal Update (14-201)

Crimes Against the Elderly: Transient Criminal Groups (14-221)

Invisible Wounds: Traumatic Brain Injury & Post-Traumatic Stress (14-337)

Technology Update: Introduction to Social Media (14-422)



Legal Update (13-201)

Threat Assessment & Management (13-334)

Managing Special Events (13-335)

Emergency Vehicle Operation (13-336)

SORNA Training

Sexually based crimes strike at the very core of the human spirit. As an individual involved in and responsible for SORNA registration it is important to be aware of all of the components of registration. Through registration we contribute to protecting ourselves, our families and our communities from known sex offenders.

Modules include:

  • Introduction and Legal Requirements
  • SORNA Registration Process
  • DNA Collection

After completing this course and passing the exam the SORNA Training Solution site will be available to you. The site has off-line capabilities and can be saved to a mobile device. You will be provided with more information related to this resource after passing the online exam.

Investigation Curriculum

Conviction Integrity: Everyone wants to see the right person brought to justice, and no one wants to be part of a failed effort that sends the wrong person to prison. We must be aware of and follow practices to sustain the integrity of our convictions and our burden of proof. This course explores the causes of overturned convictions, the cultural challenges faced by law enforcement, and investigative techniques we can practice to support conviction integrity and build public confidence.

Responding to Veterans in Crisis: To aid the law enforcement community, the authors of this curriculum intend to offer some specific insights and suggestions about dealing with recent combat Veterans whose distress may lead to crisis situations and police interventions. 

Responding to Victims of Trauma: This course provides officers with information to help and assist victims of trauma. Understanding the physical and mental reactions of those that have recently experienced a trauma - immediately after the trauma, in the weeks following a trauma, and more than 30 days after the trauma - will help you communicate with and provide help to victims of crime. 

Investigating Sexual Assault: Responding to crimes of sexual violence is one of the most difficult situations you face in your duty as a police officer. This course prepares you for the wide variety of responsibilities including listening carefully to the victim and assisting in gathering information and evidence needed to make an arrest when dealing with sexual assault.

Investigating Stalking: Domestic Violence cases are one of the most dangerous situations for both the victim and you as a responding or investigating officer. Intimate stalking is one of the most frequent types of stalking you will encounter during your investigations. This course provides information on what the stalkers use to create uncertainty, instill fear, and disrupt the lives of their victims.

Investigating Strangulation: Studies have shown that almost half of all domestic violence homicide victims had experienced at least one episode of attempted strangulation prior to a lethal or near lethal violent incident. This course enhances your response to calls involving strangulation by explaining the dangers of strangulation, identifying the various signs and symptoms of strangulation and identifying and implementing actions to help strangulation victims.

Investigating Human Trafficking: Human trafficking is a crime against an individual in which the victim is used as a physical commodity to earn a profit for the trafficker. This course is designed to help increase our awareness and understanding of Human Trafficking by exploring the types of human trafficking, indicators of victims and traffickers, steps for assessing the crime scene and tactics for communicating with the victim.

Investigating Domestic Violence: Learn how law enforcement officers can play a crucial role in helping victims, apprehending abusers, stopping the violence, and saving lives.

Special Programs and Systems Curriculum

Live Scan Training: LiveScan devices provide for inkless, electronic scanning of fingerprint and palm impressions.  This course provides video demonstrations of the LiveScan system.

DUI Crackdowns: One of the most effective ways to stop the problem of impaired driving is through law enforcement. Not just law enforcement as usual but high-visibility law enforcement. This general deterrent effect can occur only when the public knows about the enforcement effort and fears the legal consequences. In this course learn where to locate the resources to help police departments raise awareness of special DUI enforcement.

Fingerprinting: The importance of accurate and complete criminal history records cannot be overstated. Learn how these critical, tactical and strategic decision making resources are used at virtually every juncture in the criminal justice system and beyond.

PA SAVIN: SAVIN stands for Statewide Automated Victim Information Notification. In this training you’ll learning about PA SAVIN’s free service that allows victims and Law Enforcement Officers to anonymously register for notifications when an offender is released, transferred or escaped from county or state prison.

Protection from Abuse Database (PFAD) for Law Enforcement: PFAD is a statewide database that is used to maintain Protection From Abuse (PFA) Proceedings in the Commonwealth. This course provides information on why PFAD is relevant to your duties and how and when to access the information contained in the database.

Roll Call

PA Violent Death Reporting System: Gathering information about violent deaths, can help us identify risks in our communities and develop ways to prevent the number of violent deaths and injuries per year. This training provides information on the Pennsylvania Violent Death Reporting System (PA-VDRS) and identifies its uses for law enforcement.

Protection from Abuse Act Training: The goal of the Pennsylvania Protection from Abuse Act or PFA Act is to prevent physical and sexual abuse. A victim does not need to wait for the physical or sexual abuse to occur again for the act to apply. Threats of harm may be enough. This course presents the Protection from Abuse Act as well as the responsibilities of Law Enforcement related to the Act.

The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP): In this brief training, you will learn about the the Lethality Assessment Program or LAP, that provides risk factors that a police officer responding to an intimate partner domestic violence call can use to assess the victim's lethality risk.

Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act Training: Through this training, you will learn who is protected under the Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act, what kinds of protections are available, how this Act differs from the Protection from Abuse Act, and the legal process for protection orders.

Act 27 of 2015 SAFER Law: The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Forensic Services addresses the changes to Sexual Assault Evidence Testing in Pennsylvania. Changes were caused by PA Act 27 of 2015 otherwise known as the SAFER law. Michael Gossard, Serology Technical Coordinator and Michael Biondi, Forensic DNA Quality Assurance Program Manager present this webinar to offer information on the SAFER law and Law Enforcement responsibilities under the SAFER Law. 

Naloxone Training: This program will provide you with current information on the opioid epidemic which Pennsylvania is experiencing, inform you about Pennsylvania’s efforts to address the issue and Pennsylvania Act 139, as well as provide police with key information regarding opioid overdose rescue through the administration of Naloxone.

Missing Persons with Alzheimer's: In partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, and the U.S. Department of Justice, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) launched its Alzheimer’s Initiatives program with the goal to enhance the capacity of law enforcement to respond to missing persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. This course presents video scenarios and questions to build your skills.

Encountering Persons with Autism: As part of their duties, police officers and first responders will encounter or have to provide service to persons will autism, recognizing the signs of autism and knowing effective ways to approach these persons will minimize situations of risk or victimization of the individual, as well as the police and other first responders.

Suspicious Activity Reporting: The best way to divert potential terrorist acts is through proper identification of suspicious activities. A terrorist will perform many pre-incident terrorism activities before the actual terrorist act is committed. In this training you will learn to document and report suspicious behaviors while protecting privacy, civil rights and civil liberties. You will also learn how to integrate the Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI) into your agency's operations.

PACFILE for Law Enforcement Agencies: The Administrative Office of PA Courts provides this video for law enforcement agencies regarding the judiciary's PACFile application. PACFile enables filing juvenile delinquency case related documents electronically with the Court of Common Pleas. Documents such as the Written Allegation of Juvenile Petition, previously delivered only through mail or in person, now can also be delivered to the court almost instantaneously using efile. 

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