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    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 919-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 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.

    For more information about ACT 120 training, please visit the Police Academy’s main page.

    Additional Training 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.

    In-Service training is offered at the Academy’s Hazleton facility, 2 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Pa. Registrations are only accepted by email and may be directed to Denise Boyle at

    Registrations must be made by chiefs of police or training officers. No personal checks will be accepted.


    Download the 2018 calendar of ACT 180 classes (PDF)

    2018 classes

    Courses offered by the Academy include:

    18-001: Legal Updates (Mandatory Course)

    Cost: $15

    A three-hour course to discuss significant pieces of legislation passed after July 1, 2016 that affect police operations and investigations, specifically changes and updates to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Vehicle Code, and Rules of Criminal Procedure. The training program also addresses pertinent court decisions from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts, and the United States Supreme Court and other federal courts and explains legal issues directly impacting police procedures and the case preparation process.

    18-002: Procedural Justice and De-escalation Techniques (Elective Course)

    Cost: $15

    A three-hour course to build on the core concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy taught in 2017 Procedural Justice (PJ) and teach officers specific tactics and de-escalation techniques that support these concepts. Much of the material is drawn from existing courses such as Philadelphia’s De-Escalation Techniques and Pittsburgh’s Procedural Justice Tactical Legitimacy. Although optional, the course builds on the material taught to all officers in 2017 and provides more specific guidance and recommendations to officers facing a multitude of challenging situations. The end goal, as with 2017 PJ, is to teach officers how to build respectful and effective relationships with the community while improving officer safety.

    18-003: Assessing and Planning for Active Assaults (Elective Course)

    Cost: $15

    A three-hour course intended to develop police officers ability to assist various community entities wishing to prepare for, prevent, and respond to active assaults. The intent of this training is not to replace other law enforcement active assault training but rather to bridge the gap between knowing how to respond as an officer and knowing how to assist in the development of active assault response plans in schools, businesses, etc. throughout the community. Training prepares officers to understand and conduct assessments, articulate the various first responder roles, and assist in the development of appropriate prevention and response plans.

    18-004: Officer Safety – Detecting and Avoiding Ambush Situations (Elective Course)

    Cost: $15

    A three-hour course to address office safety issues related to ambushes. Appropriate tactics, techniques, and procedures are discussed related to the full spectrum of officer interaction with the public. Specific focus is placed on identifying and detecting indicators of planned ambushes as well as identifying situations that lend themselves to spontaneous ambushes. Emphasis on the role of officer complacency during routine activities as well as discussions of effective responses during ambush situations round out the course.

    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 re-certification classes. For an application or to verify dates of classes please call (570) 961-7857 or email us at

    Persons seeking training must first obtain their letter of eligibility through MPOETC. Click here for more information.

    ACT 235 Training Options

    Group rates are available for organizations sending five or more students at a time.

    ACT 235 Training Options – Group rates


    Basic Drug Investigation & Enforcement for Patrol Officers (6 hours)

    Approved by MPOETC for 8 hours mandatory credits

    Cost: $75

    Designed for patrol officers. Includes an overview of drug enforcement laws and identification of drugs and drug paraphernalia, including new substances and devices.

    OC Pepper Spray Training & Use of Force (8 hours)

    Approved by MPOETC for 8 hours mandatory credits

    Cost: $65 or $55 for Lackawanna College Police Academy graduates

    Includes use of force considerations and options. Covers legal aspects of use and deployment of OC.

    Basic First Aid & CPR Pro Certification (8 hours including testing)

    Certification valid for two years

    Cost: $95

    CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (6 hours including certification testing)

    Certification valid for two years

    Cost: $95


    For more information on any of these programs, email

    Special Events

    There are currently no upcoming special events. Please check this page again soon.

    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.