HERSHEY – Groundbreaking took place on a new PA State Police Academy. Gov. Josh Shapiro, PA State Police Commissioner Col. Christopher Paris, and other state officials unveiled the plans. The project represents the most comprehensive update to PSP training facilities since the original Academy opened back in 1960. Multiple new buildings totaling 366,000 square feet are proposed for the 146-acre site in Hershey, including a five-story Marquee Building with modern classrooms and administrative offices, 300 individual cadet dormitories, a 500-seat auditorium, a physical education building, and a cafeteria. In the 2023-24 budget, Gov. Shapiro secured new funding for four trooper cadet classes to train 384 new troopers, filling staffing gaps and ensuring that the PSP are well-funded and well-trained.