For more than 40 years, Montgomery County Community College has played an important role in protecting and serving the County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through its Municipal Police Academy and Criminal Justice (AS) program. The College, in conjunction with the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission, operates the Municipal Police Academy (Act 120), which has been the training ground for about 3,500 cadets with a consistent graduation rate of more than 90 percent. This year, the College opened a new Health Sciences Center, serving as the new home for the Academy, which began on the College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell, Pa. in 1974, but has been located off-campus in Conshohocken, Pa. since 1991. The new facility offers cadets use of state-of-the-art- technology, ultramodern classrooms and access to two large gymnasiums and a 7,000 square foot wellness center for the physical training requirements that are part of the Academy curriculum. In addition, cadets benefit from the use of running trails on campus and easier access to student services such as the Veterans Resource Center, the Financial Aid Office and many others. The College partners with Montgomery County to provide off-site firearms and defensive driving training. Cadets who receive certification from the Academy can also earn up to 15 credits through Prior Learning Assessment which canbeappliedtowardanassociate’sdegreein Criminal Justice at the College. In addition to the associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, students can pursue a 12-credit certificate of completion in Homeland Security. Many graduates of the Criminal Justice program pursue careers in local law enforcement, the federal services, corrections, adult juvenile probation and parole, court administration and private sector security. The Academy also serves police departments throughout the region by providing Act 180 training for police officers, which is mandatory in order to maintain their certification. The proof of the success of the Municipal Police Academy and the Criminal Justice program can be seen in the leadership of municipal police departments in the region, with more than 30 area municipal police chiefs having graduated from the College. TRAINING THOSE WHO PROTECT AND SERVE