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 non-profit 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.
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
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 chiefs; ranking officers and patrol officers from municipal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; retired state and 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
Full-time classes at both academy locations are scheduled Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Some Saturday and/or Sunday classes may be scheduled as well.
Part-time: Nov. 16, 2015 – Oct. 14, 2016 (Classes held Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays throughout as needed)
Full-time: Feb. 8, 2016 – July 22, 2016
Part-time: June 13, 2016 to June 2, 2017 (Classes held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays throughout as needed)
Full-time: Aug. 1, 2016 – Jan. 20, 2017
Part-times classes in Hazleton are scheduled four weekday evenings, Monday to Thursday, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and approximately 10 Saturdays throughout a cadet’s time at the Academy.
Part-time: Oct. 19, 2015 – Oct. 14, 2016
Full-time: Jan. 18, 2016 – June 24, 2016
Full-time: July 11, 2016 – Dec. 16, 2016
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:
- $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