About the BCPA

About Us



Originally called the Bucks County Police Academy, and founded in 1936, the Bucks County Police Association had its first class of police officers in 1937 with 45 graduates.  Its commencement speaker was Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, first head of the New Jersey State Police.  In 1955 the facility expanded to include a pistol range, which is currently used by 23 Bucks County Police Departments from throughout the County.  In addition it has become the primary training site for the Central and South Central Bucks County Response Teams and the Bucks County Hostage Negotiations Team.

With a mission to promote cooperation between law enforcement professionals, the Bucks County Police Association has become a primary agency of integrating communication, cooperation and coordination as its members and agencies not only include local police departments but also the Bucks County Department of Corrections and the Bucks County Adult Probation & Parole Department.

By supporting the training of law enforcement officers to better serve the citizens and visitors of Bucks County, the Bucks County Police Association assures the safety and well being not only of its law enforcement community but the citizens it serves.

The Bucks County Police Association also provides resources to the Bucks County Police Training Center located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania which, in addition to its regular programming, is the site where all the police officers in Bucks County receive their Mandatory In-Service training.  These funds are used to offset expenses incurred for training programs that otherwise would not be available.




Chief Mark Schmidt               
Upper Makefield Twp. PD

Vice President                   
Lt. John Mannarino               
Bucks County Dept. of Corrections

Sergeant Patrick Durkin
Upper Makefield Twp. PD              
Sergeant Daniel Jones
Upper Makefield Twp.  PD           

Financial Secretary                   
Director, Rich Vona
Bucks County Police Training Center

Sergeant of Arms
Chief Mark Ofner
Bedminster Twp. PD

Ed Loux
Warwick Twp PD



Captain Ken Durning (retired)
Bucks County Dept. of Corrections

Lieutenant Vic Giangrante (retired)
Bucks County Dept. of Corrections