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    Lackawanna College

    Continuing Education

    Academy Training


    ACT 120

    Under Pennsylvania ACT 120, any person employed as a municipal police officer in the Commonwealth is required to have successfully completed a 785.5-hour course of instruction, required by the Municipal Police Officer’s Education Training Commission, covering all areas of police work. There will be additional mandatory training, free of charge, that does not extend the graduation date. Upon completion of this program, students are eligible to work as police officers in Pennsylvania.

    Police Academy training is not only fundamental to becoming a police officer but can serve as the basis to earning an associate of science degree in either Criminal Justice/Police-Security/ACT 120 or Criminal Justice Counseling/ACT 120. This alliance permits students to earn their degree in a much shorter period of time, at a considerable savings and without duplication of course work. Upon accomplishment of the ACT 120 program, a student can earn anywhere between 15 and 21 credits towards the Criminal Justice Program.

    Additional Traning Opportunities

    The Police Academy also offers a variety of additional training opportunities, including Legal Updates, Threat Assessment & Management, Managing Public Events, and Emergency Vehicle Operation.

    Use the drop down menus below for more information on each program!

    ACT 180 | In-Service Training

    MPOETC has finalized the Mandatory In-service Training requirements for all working police officers and county detectives. The requirements became effective January 1, 1991, and must be met by every working municipal police officer and county detective in a District Attorney’s Office in order to maintain their certification.

    Courses offered by the Academy include:

    13-201: Legal Updates (Required & Legal Track)

    This three-hour Mandatory In-Service Training (MIST) course covers important legal issues important to municipal police officers. The course, a required class in the MIST curriculum will cover topics such as changes and updates to criminal and vehicle codes, Rules of Criminal Procedure, changes in other statutes related to law enforcement. This course will also examine, review & explain significant court cases relevant to police officers in the Commonwealth of PA. Goals are to improve officer safety, increase convictions, reduce civil liability to departments and provide discussion relating to any unique legal issues that developed in 2012.

    13-334: Threat Assessment & Management (Patrol & Officer Safety Track)

    Assessing & managing communicated and unspoken threats related to school & workplace violence, sexual crimes, stalking, cybercrimes (cyber stalking), domestic violence, & terrorism is an important component of police response. This course will address threat assessment principles, the process of identifying and analyzing threats and the importance of devising interview/interrogation strategies which can assist the officer/investigator. Officers will learn to recognize & manage:

    • Violence assessment
    • Evaluation of threatening, intimidating & harassing statements/behaviors
    • Analysis of stalking behavior
    • Interview strategies
    • Consultation with mental health professionals
    • Recommendations for interviews, collecting, & evaluation critical collateral data regarding the threats.

    13-335: Managing Public Events

    The course provides examples of different types of public events and the challenges associated with managing them. Discussions will address protest groups, civil rights, social groups, & sporting event celebrations. Video footage will be used to illustrate challenges posed by such events. Participants, using a case study, will practice how to apply principles addressed during instruction.

    13-336: Emergency Vehicle Operation – Remain in Control

    The course will reinforce the importance of safe driving techniques and the need to be a focused driver. The course will focus on perceptual driving, night driving, vehicle inspections before the start of duty. They will review new Vehicle Code laws & pertinent case law that can affect pursuit & emergency response driving policy & procedures.

    The non-refundable cost per officer for 12-hours mandatory in-service training is $59.40

    ACT 235 | Lethal Weapons Training

    The state of Pennsylvania requires that any person wishing to become a certified security officer or is privately employed and required, as a condition of employment, to carry a lethal weapon must participate in a 40-hour Lethal Weapons Training Program. Lackawanna College offers Basic Lethal Weapons Training classes as well as 8-hour recertification classes. For an application or to verify dates of classes please call (570-961-7844) or email us at academyoperations@lackawanna.edu.

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    OC Training and Use of Force

    Available classes

    • Oct. 2 lecture and exposure, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Oct. 16 lecture and exposure, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Oct. 18 lecture and Oct. 20 exposure, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

    OC Training and Use of Force

    Discounted Rate for Recent Academy Graduates
    Applicable to graduates from January 2016 forward


    • $65 general admission
    • $55 for graduates of the Police Academy from Jan. 2016 forward

    Approved for 8 hours of mandatory continuing education credits through MPOETC. The training involves the legal aspects, documentation, use and deployment of OC aerosol during a violent confrontation. The course also will instruct the officers in the use of force considerations and options available to law enforcement officers.

    If you have had a vision correction procedure or surgery, you cannot participate in the exposure portion of the class without presenting a signed release from your eye care specialist.

    Exposure to OC spray will be optional, but your certificate will indicate if you have chosen to not be exposed.

    For more information, please call (570-961-7842) or email Denise Boyle.

    Special Events
    There are currently no special events scheduled. Please request more information at academyoperations@lackawanna.edu.

    Public Safety

    The Lackawanna College Police Academy offers training for the following programs:

    • Expandable Baton
    • OC
    • Tactical Handcuffing

    We also customize and develop training for entry level police as well promotional testing. The Academy can also tailor specialized training for individual departments.