Police Academy – ACT 120
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.
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.
In honor of its 40th anniversary, the Academy held a fundraising campaign kick-off in Dunmore, Pa., on April 12, 2017 featuring former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor Kris “Tanto” Paronto. Mr. Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 11, 2012, and his story is told in the book “13 Hours.”
Safe Communities Camp
The Lackawanna College Police Academy will hold a “Safe Communities Camp” for children and young adults to learn from law enforcement instructors on what they can do to be a helpful member of their community and how police complete their work.
The “Safe Communities Camp” is scheduled for June 26-30 at the Academy’s Scranton location, 501 Vine St., Scranton, Pa. It is free of charge to TANF-eligible participants.
- Morning session, 9 a.m.-noon, for ages 8-12. Breakfast included.
- Afternoon session, 12:30-3:30 p.m., for ages 13-17. Lunch included.
21st Century Police Training
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
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
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.