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    Lackawanna College


    Criminal Justice – Police or Security

    Degree information

    Students interested primarily in day to day police operations, either within local municipalities, state police officers, or private security should pursue the Police or Security career plan. Courses in this track highlight hands-on and practical criminal justice applications.

    Graduates of the College’s ACT 120 Program who seek Associate Degrees in Criminal Justice normally use their ACT 120 training modules as course equivalencies for a number of criminal justice requirements in this plan.


    Students completing the Criminal Justice – Police or Security career plan will be prepared for various police or security employment opportunities the community as they will:

    • Explore the ethical, emotional and physical aspects of a career in law enforcement
    • Recognize the laws, both criminal and civil that law enforcement officials deal with on a daily basis
    • Understand the defined requirements constituting the commission of a criminal act
    • Realize the importance of police investigatory practices along with explanations and rationale of the laws and recommendations to appropriately and legally deal with the requirements of the laws
    • Understand basic individual rights under the United States and Pennsylvania constitutions; the maintenance of public order, arrest, confessions, search and seizure, and pretrial identification; the duties, rights, and liabilities of a law enforcement professional and rights guaranteed by the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth amendments to the United States Constitution, along with the corresponding Amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution
    • Understand modern policing including organization, function, operational strategies, and culture of the police; uniform patrol functions; criminal investigations; forensics; less than lethal weapons; terrorism; DNA profiling; and modern forensics.

    View the curriculum guide for traditional students or for those pursuing their ACT 120 certification (beginning in Spring 2017).

    Accelerated Part-Time

    The Criminal Justice – Police or Security major, when combined with credits earned for graduating from the Lackawanna College Police Academy, is part of Lackawanna’s Accelerated Part-Time program, which allows students to obtain an associate degree in a little over two years on a part-time basis.

    View the curriculum guide for Accelerated Part-Time students (PDF)

    The Criminal Justice – Police or Security degree can be completed in Scranton, Hazleton, and the Lake Region. Students at the Towanda center can begin degree requirements there but must complete additional courses at our other centers.