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    Anyone know anything about UPMC police? Job Posting said act 120 preferred but not required will they send me to get act 120 certified? They sent me an email and said I'm qualified for the police officer position and I passed the assessment what is next?

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    Although we'd like to assist you, your question(s) are best answered by the agency to which you applied. Give them a call.

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    • #3
      What/where is UPMC? What is "act 120"?

      And I am pretty sure if you are not a current or former Law Enforcement Officer, you can't have a user name with "Officer" in it.

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      • #4
        I have no clue about this job, but I'm assuming UPMC = University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and I know that Act 120 = Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer Act. That's what gives us our powers here in PA. You know, like x-ray vision and flying and the sort...

        "Institutions" in PA can have their own police forces. That includes colleges and hospitals. I would find it shocking that a hospital would send someone to the academy though, but stranger things have occurred though...

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        • #5
          I am a current law enforcement officer. I am currently a correction Officer for the state of West virginia. Also UPMC is University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Act 120 is Municipal Police Officer Training Academy for PA

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          • #6
            Yea all of their other facilities say you must be certified already, so I'm kind of confused. Thank you for your input!

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            • #7
              UPMC is an "Act 501" police department. They are "Private Police." Act 120 certification from the police academy is preferred, but not required. To be a 501 officer, you don't technically need to have gone to the police academy. Most of the major 501 departments (university campuses, housing authority, etc...) require 120. UPMC however, does not. Getting your 501 certification will involve you going to the courthouse once you're hired, and getting sworn in.

              As a UPMC Police Officer, you can expect to write 6 or 7 summary citations a year. Maybe (depending on the hospital and their policies) you'll make a custodial arrest on the extremely rare occasion when there is no other options and/or the hospital does not want to get the outside authorities involved. UPMC Police jurisdiction goes only to the corporate boarders of UPMC property.

              UPMC Police do not carry firearms. They wear ballistic vests (ever since the Western Psych shooting) and some of them carry tasers. For the most part, you can expect to be a hospital security guard who can sometimes take police action.

              After you pass that online assessment, you'll get called by an HR person for a phone interview, then scheduled for an in person interview. Then, hopefully, hired. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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              • #8
                Yeah, I wasn't sure how involved they get. I have several friends that work for XXXX University Police, but it doesn't activate their MPOETC number. I guess that would be the same thing there.

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