Lodging and Directions

Nearby Accommodations

Academy students requiring overnight accommodations should contact the hotel or inn to find out the rate, make a reservation and obtain a list of amenities. Some hotels nearby will honor a "government rate".
This is not an exhaustive list of nearby lodging; distance from the Police Academy is next to the hotel name. 

Quality Inn & Suites (5 minutes)
5137 State Route 8
Gibsonia, PA 15044

Hampton Inn (10 minutes)
4575 McKnight Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

LaQuinta Inn & Suites Pittsburgh North (7 minutes)
4859 McKnight Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Extended Stay America Premier Suites - Cranberry Township (20+ minutes)
136 Emeryville Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Doubletree by Hilton (25+ minutes)
910 Sheraton Drive, Mars, PA 16046

Driving Directions

Allegheny County Police Training Academy
700 West Ridge Road
Allison Park, PA 15101

From Northside of Pittsburgh

  1. Take Route 279 North to the McKnight Road exit
  2. Stay on McKnight Road through the entire business district, approximately 6 miles
  3. Get in the right lane and look for signs - "North Park" and "Yellow Belt"
  4. Make right turn onto Ingomar Road and go approximately 1 mile - past the golf driving range, restaurant, and batting cages
  5. At the intersection make a right turn on Kummer Road (not Old Kummer Road)
  6. Go uphill approximately 1/4 mile
  7. Make the first left turn onto West Ridge Road
  8. When road splits, bear left onto the Academy driveway

From Pittsburgh International Airport

  1. Take Parkway (Interstate 376E) towards Pittsburgh to the Ft. Pitt Tunnel, approximately 11 miles
  2. Upon exiting the tunnel - get in far left lane and follow signs to 279 North
  3. Then follow directions above

From Route 8 North

  1. From Etna get on Route 8 North for approximately 7 miles to intersection with Wildwood Road (Yellow Belt)
  2. At the traffic light, turn left on Wildwood Road and go to the 3rd traffic light, at Kummer Road (approximately 3.5 miles)
  3. Turn left on Kummer Road and go uphill approximately 1/4 mile, then turn left on West Ridge Road
  4. When the road splits, bear left onto the Academy driveway

From I-79

  1. Take Wexford exit onto Route 910 East - passing BP station. Note: If coming south - take ramp, then turn left. If coming north - take ramp, then turn right
  2. Stay on 910 for approximately 5 miles to stop sign
  3. Continue on 910 for approximately 3 more miles - watch for sign "North Park"
  4. Turn right on to Pearce Mill Road - pass Skating Rink, pond and Park Administration Building (all on right)
  5. Just past the administration building, make right turn on Walter Road, then bear right up the hill
  6. At stop sign turn left onto Kummer Road- short distance to another stop sign and larger intersection
  7. Go straight across the intersection uphill approximately 1/4 mile - look for Academy sign
  8. Turn left onto West Ridge Road, then bear left up the hill on the Academy driveway

From PA Turnpike

  1. Take Exit 39 "Beaver Valley"
  2. Bear left to Route 8 South (towards Pittsburgh)
  3. Follow Route 8 for approximately 1 mile to the intersection of Wildwood Road. (6 traffic lights - BP station on left)
  4. Turn right onto Wildwood and go to 3rd traffic light, Kummer Road, (approximately 3.5 miles)
  5. Turn left onto Kummer road and travel uphill approximately 1/4 mile - then turn left onto West Ridge Road
  6. When road splits, bear left onto the Academy driveway


All students for classes in the main academy building are all required to park in the upper parking lot. Once passing the front entrance of the police academy on your left, make a right turn up the hill. The parking lot will be on your right once you crest the hill. There are stairs that will take you back down the hill to the front of the Police Academy.

Course Instructors

Instructors for any classroom training may park in the small lot near the front entrance to the police academy. Please feel free to utilize any parking space labeled "Visiting Instructors."

Firearms Courses

Parking for those attending firearms qualifications or training at the Academy Firing Range will be at the firing range. Once you pass the police academy front entrance on your left, turn right up the hill. Once cresting the hill, continue straight past the search and rescue course on your left and you will find a small driveway that takes you down a short slope to the range. You may park in any gravel area. Please do not park on the grass. If no parking is available on the range flats, please park just before the range driveway entrance.

Dress Code

In order to maintain a professional appearance, all officers attending classroom training must follow the prescribed dress code to be admitted to any training held at the Academy. The only person who can waive any part of the dress code is the Academy Director, if a request is made by an instructor or range master.

Failure to Adhere to the Dress Code

Academy attendees may be denied admittance to the classroom or range and a report may be sent to the Chief of Police, stating the reasons the officer was not permitted to attend the training session.

Classroom Dress Code

All Officers

  • Uniform of the day recommended, as prescribed by a police department for use during normal uniform patrol activities. In lieu of this, see acceptable standards below, for male and female officers:


  • Collared shirt - No tee shirts or tank tops
  • Docker type trousers - No shorts or jeans
  • Full shoe with socks - No sandals or shower shoes


  • Collared blouse
  • Skirt or pants - No "skorts," shorts or blue jeans
  • Full shoe with stockings or socks - No sandals or shower shoes


Firing Range Dress Code

All Officers

  • The uniform of the day as prescribed by a police department for use during normal uniform patrol activities
  • Absolutely no red colored hats, shirts or jackets!
  • A plain tee shirt in good taste, without slogans or inflammatory statements - No tank tops or cut-off tee shirts
  • Blue jeans may be worn, but no shorts or cut-offs that expose the legs
  • Full shoe, boot or tennis shoe. No open toed footwear is allowed
  • Eye and ear protection shall be worn while outdoors
  • Strong side directional holster - No cross draw or shoulder holsters
  • Wearing of a baseball-type hat is recommended


The main police academy building houses the administrative offices, gymnasium / auditorium, and 4 classrooms. Also available is the state of the arts, firearms training system (FATS) and AMOS II driving simulator.

Located on the lower level are the cafeteria, weight room, and cadet locker rooms. The Fire Academy offices also share the lower level with the Allegheny County Police District Three station and additional facilities.

Located in an area above the main building, the Academy has a modern, forty lane firearms training range on-site. A steel shoot house with 4 rooms is also on-site. A heated/air-conditioned modular training facility provides year-round availability. The range serves all police agencies of Allegheny County, as well as other local, state and federal agencies.

The Academy maintains a policy of availability to all police agencies throughout Western Pennsylvania who wish to make use of its facility and the resources it has to offer.