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    Lackawanna College

    Continuing Education

    Police Academy – ACT 120

    Our 40th Anniversary

    Police Academy 40th Save the Date

    This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Lackawanna College Police Academy. We hope our alumni and the community will be able to join us so we can showcase the tremendous success of our graduates in protecting and serving their communities.

    Our anniversary celebrations will begin on April 12, from 6-9 p.m. at La Buona Vita, 200 Reilly St., Dunmore. Proceeds from the event will become part of the capital campaign to allow us to continue to deliver state-of-the-art training to our Cadets and active law enforcement agencies.

    Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by contacting Denise Boyle at boyled@lackawanna.edu.

    You may RSVP on the Academy’s Facebook page for more information.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here for details.

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    Mission and Service Before Self


    The mission of the Lackawanna College Police Academy is “Honor, Integrity, and Courage.” The creed is “Mission and Service Before Self.” This creed is instilled in the cadets when they first appear for the interview process.

    The Academy is a paramilitary organization, and cadets quickly learn the necessity and benefit of being part of something bigger than themselves.

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    Community service is a major component of the cadet experience, with more than 2,500 hours of service provided each year to various nonprofit and community organizations and events. Cadets also participate in local and national events honoring fallen officers. Additionally, each class dedicates their training and graduation to a fallen officer of their choosing.

    The Academy offers classes at the College’s Scranton campus and Hazleton center. In addition to providing training and education in ACT 120, Act 235, and other crucial areas of law enforcement, it is also responsible for scheduling all of the mandated yearly In-Service Training, or ACT 180, courses for 13 counties in our region.

    History of the Academy

    The Academy was originally certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission in Harrisburg, Pa., on April 21, 1977. Lackawanna is the first and continues to be the only private college in Northeastern Pennsylvania authorized to provide ACT 120 training. Thousands of graduating cadets actively serve as police officers throughout the Commonwealth, and as chiefs of police, attorneys, sheriffs, and as agents of state and federal agencies.

    21st Century Police Training

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    In addition to the strict adherence to standardized basic police training curriculum, the Academy provides supplemental training in an active learning environment provided by a talented and diverse cadre of instructors that includes active police officers and chiefs, state troopers, retired federal officers, and practicing attorneys.

    Cadets participate in training offered by the Academy in association with local and state agencies in areas including:

    • Simulated weapons training
    • Mental illness first aid
    • Child abuse and domestic violence protocol training
    • Advanced crime scene investigation
    • Mock courtroom testimony exercises

    Application requirements

    Students seeking enrollment in the Police Academy at Lackawanna College must fulfill the following criteria. All pertinent documents must be submitted to the Academy 60 days prior to the start date for classes, and all testing requirements and interview must be completed 30 days prior to their start date:

    • Complete the Police Academy application
    • $35 application fee
    • Must be 18 years of age
    • Control Sheet
    • Copy of Driver’s License
    • Copy of Social Security Card
    • Copy of Birth Certificate / Passport / Naturalization Card
    • Criminal History Report*
    • Driver History (Full or Certified)
    • Grade Release Form
    • Health Insurance Card / Signed Waiver Form
    • High School Diploma, Transcript, or GED Certificate
    • Medical Exam
    • Personal and Professional History Information
    • Vision Exam
    • Two letters of reference
    • Completed testing
      • Physical Fitness Agility – $45 fee
      • Psychological Report (MMPI)
      • Nelson Denny Reading Comprehension Test

    * Any conviction of a misdemeanor 2 or above will automatically disqualify you from enrollment

    Additional Training

    The Police Academy regularly offers mandatory ACT 180 In-Service Training, ACT 235 Lethal Weapons Training, CLEE, and other seminars to local law enforcement officials.

    Visit our Academy Training page for more information.