In 2009, the State College Police Department entered into an agreement with the Penn State University Police Department to assist in staffing the Penn State Bomb Squad. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)-accredited bomb squad is currently staffed by personnel from both agencies and includes Officer M. Jordan Pieniazek from the State College Police Department.
Hazardous Device Technicians assigned to the bomb squad attend six weeks initial training at the FBI Hazardous Devices School, maintain monthly training, and undergo one week of re-certification training every three years. The squad is outfitted with a bomb response vehicle, a robot, several bomb suits, and tools to analyze and render safe suspicious packages, improvised explosive devices, and recovered explosives.
The squad is a listed asset of the South Central Mountains Regional Task Force and assists other police agencies in an eight-county region within the task force. The squad works with the Pennsylvania State Police Bomb Squad, FBI, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
The squad conducts first responder training and community relations presentations. Since 2009, the squad has responded to an average of 40 calls for service a year, provided security coverage at all Penn State home football games and during visits from dignitaries to include visits from the current and former Presidents of the United States, Presidential Nominees, and various other VIPs.