John Kenny, Assoc. Director
Troy Krenning, Assoc. Director
Mike Hendrickson, Pursuit Management Technologies
Tim Brungart, School Safety Technologies
Steve Allison, Officer Safety & Protection
Joe Dempsey, Explosives Remediation
The Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announced the creation of four Technology Centers of Excellence in 2007, created to serve as specialized criminal justice technology resources for law enforcement and criminal justice practitioners.
Each Center provides expertise in specific technology areas and helps introduce law enforcement technologies into practice within the criminal justice community.
The Pennsylvania State University was designated in October 2007 and again in Oct. 2010 as the Weapons and Protective Systems Technologies Center (WPSTC) to support OJP's efforts to enhance the safety of law enforcement and corrections officers. The WPSTC is managed by Penn State and includes programs within the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) and the Denver Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Denver. These efforts include introducing into practice safer, more effective less-lethal devices and equipment to protect them against chemical and biological weapons and improvised explosive devices. The Center also provides technical and administrative support to the National Bomb Squad Commander's Advisory Board and establishes a bomb technology test and evaluation program.
WPSTC also provides similar technology support activities in the areas of officer safety and pursuit management.
Within each of its program areas, the WPSTC is charged with six (6) major functions: