Pa. State Police close Police Academy after staffer tests positive for COVID-19

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    The Pennsylvania State Police have shuttered their training academy in Hershey, Pa. for at least two weeks after an enlisted staffer assigned to the facility tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Monday.

    In a statement, the State Police said the 100 cadets now undergoing their training at the academy will receive remote instruction while the academy is closed.

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    In March, the State Police stopped continuing education classes for state police personnel and municipal law enforcement officers. The most recent cadet class, the 158th to pass through the academy, graduated March 27.

    “The PSP Bureau of Training and Education continues its work to adjust instruction so that the 159th class, which has been at the Academy since January 12, 2020, can meet the standards set by the department and graduate by July 24 as scheduled. The decision when to resume onsite instruction will be based on guidance from the PA Department of Health and the [U.S. Centers for Disease Control],” the agency said in its statement.

    John L. Micek
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