Pennsylvania Capitol Police Swears in New Officers, Boosting Force Amid Recruitment Surge

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PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) and the Pennsylvania Capitol Police ushered in the New Year by welcoming three new officers to their ranks on Wednesday. This marks the second batch of recruits to graduate from the Department’s Recruit Program, a scheme designed to cover the cost of police academy training and Act 120 certification.

DGS Secretary Reggie McNeil and Pennsylvania Capitol Police Superintendent Joe Jacob presided over the swearing-in ceremony. The new officers—Devin Anthony, Andrew Valentine, and Kade Kravitz—are now part of an 84-strong force dedicated to maintaining peace and order within the Commonwealth communities and workplaces.

“The Capitol Police continues to attract its largest number of recruits since the pandemic,” said DGS Secretary Reggie McNeil. “The swearing-in of these new officers, and the pipeline of candidates completing the necessary training, is a testament to our commitment to recruiting qualified police officer candidates and providing the resources needed for their training.”

The Capitol Police Recruit Program, established in 2023, aims to create an employment pipeline for future law enforcement professionals. It offers successful candidates the chance to attend the full-time Act 120 certification academy for six months, complete their officer field training, and become full-time PA Capitol Police Officers. The program covers costs associated with Act 120 certification, equipment, and other related expenses.

The new officers bring diverse backgrounds to the force. Officer Devin Anthony, a Shermans Dale native, previously served as a Community Service Officer with the Mechanicsburg Police Department. Officer Andrew Valentine, a Carroll County, MD, native with a degree in exercise science, ran his own personal training business before joining the force. Officer Kade Kravitz, hailing from Shavertown, PA, was a former admissions ambassador and wrestler at King’s College and worked as a personal trainer before embarking on his law enforcement career.

Applications for the July – December 2024 Act 120 Certification Academy of the Capitol Police Recruit Program are now open until March 1, 2024. All individuals interested in joining are welcome. For further details about the PA Capitol Police, visit www.employment.pa.gov/capitolpolice.

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