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    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 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, 145 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Pa. Registrations are only accepted by email and may be directed to Denise Boyle at boyled@lackawanna.edu.

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

    Courses offered by the Academy include:

    17-001: Legal Update (Mandatory Course)

    Cost: $15

    This three-hour course discusses significant pieces of legislation passed after July 1, 2015, 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.

    17-002: Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy (Mandatory Course)

    Cost: $15

    This three-hour course defines and explains the core concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy and teaches officers how to build respectful relationships with members of the community while improving officer safety and their professional work environment. The training will discuss the research behind procedural justice, the benefits of incorporating procedural justice strategies, and techniques associated with implementing procedural justice tactics to improve community/police relationships.

    17-003: Handling Drug Overdoses (Elective Course)

    Cost: $15

    This three-hour course addresses initial contact procedures for suspected or known opioid overdoses, individual physical assessment, evidence recognition and preservation, interviews, substance identification, and officer safety issues. The training program also includes information on the administration of Naloxone and meets the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Drug and Alcohol Program’s training standards required for officers to carry and administer Naloxone.

    17-004: Intelligence Assisted Policing (Elective Course)

    Cost: $15

    This three-hour course examines the services provided by intelligence centers and the ways in which these services can assist police officers. The training program will help officers recognize the indicators of criminal and terrorist activity, understand the National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, and develop their ability to appropriately recognize, report, and respond to threats within their community.

    ACT 180 Training Options

    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) 961-7844 or email us at boyled@lackawanna.edu.

    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.

    Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (30 minutes provided for lunch break)

    Basic Drug Investigation & Enforcement for Patrol Officers

    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 (July 2016 and after)

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

    • Tuesday, April 18, 5:30-9:30 lecture and Sunday, April 23, 8:30 a.m.-noon OC exposure (must attend both sessions)
    • Saturday, May 13, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. lecture and OC exposure
    • Sunday, May 21, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. lecture and OC exposure

    OC Pepper Spray Training & use of Force

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

    Certification valid for two years

    Cost: $95

    • Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (30 minutes provided for lunch break)
    • Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28, 5:30-9:30 p.m. (both classes must be taken)
    • Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (30 minutes provided for lunch break)

    Basic First Aid & CPR Pro

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

    Certification valid for two years

    Cost: $95

    • Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (both classes must be taken)
    • Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (30 minutes provided for lunch break)
    • Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (both classes must be taken)

    CPR/AED Training

    For more information, email academyoperations@lackawanna.edu.

    Special Events

    Police Academy 40th Anniversary

    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 using the button below or by contacting Denise Boyle at boyled@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.