2024 Mandatory In-Service Training Lackawanna College Police Academy

2024 Mandatory In-Service Training

Lackawanna College Police Academy

Kevin F. Mahoney
Director of Academy Operations

2 Day and Weekend Classes: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Evening Classes: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Proper dress is required. (Business casual/Uniform) Smoking is prohibited.

All officers are still required to complete 12 hours of in-service training to maintain their Municipal Police Officer certification. Four (4) courses totaling 12 hours will be provided by Lackawanna College at no cost to certified municipal police officers and/or county detectives (Those officers whose records are maintained in the Training and Certification System (TACS) by MPOETC). Departments will not be billed for these officers.

Departments that are not maintained in TACS, but are authorized to attend the MPOETC courses, are responsible for payment of $25 per officer. There is a separate process in place for these departments/officers. Please contact our office for further information if you belong to one of these agencies. Again, please contact only via email to mistregistration@lackawanna.edu.

REGISTRATIONS MUST BE MADE BY EMAIL TO: mistregistration@lackawanna.edu. The following information MUST be included for registration: Department name, Name of officer, MPOETC#, Officer’s email address. Any questions are also to be directed to the above email. Phone inquiries will not be entertained as they interrupt the efficiency of the office environment. Thank you.


Special Notice

In 2024 Legal Updates and Community Relationships courses from MPOETC are mandatory courses and must be taken by every officer. Ethics and Suicide by Cop are elective courses.

COURSE SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. CLASSES MAY BE CANCELLED, POSTPONED, OR CHANGED TO A DIFFERENT VENUE DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. Officers arriving late or leaving early will not be credited for training. Cell phones, ETC. are not permitted during class.

2024 In-Service Training Locations

  • Carbon County EMA, 1264 Emergency Lane, Nesquehoning, PA
  • Chinchilla Hose Company, 104 Shady Lane Rd, Chinchilla, PA
  • Lackawanna College, Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St, Scranton, PA
  • Lackawanna College, Hazleton Center, 2 East Broad St., Hazleton, PA
  • Lackawanna College, Lake Region Center, 8 Silk Mill Drive, Hawley, PA
  • Montrose Boro PD, 89 Cherry ST, Montrose, PA
  • Pocono Mountain Regional PD, 2454 PA-940, Pocono Summit, PA
  • Tamaqua PD, American Hose Co. 39 Mauch Chunk St., Tamaqua, PA
  • William Walker Hose Company, 803 Penn Ave, Mayfield, PA

2024 MPOETC In-Service Continuing Education Courses

24-201 Legal Update (Required)

A three-hour course highlighting pertinent court decisions and significant pieces of legislation that affect police operations and investigations. Lessons will address changes and updates to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Vehicle Code, and Rules of Criminal Procedures as well as decisions from Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts, various Federal Courts, and the United States Supreme Court. This course will be offered in two segments online via pavtn. The first segment will be available in the middle of 2023 for officers who wish to receive advanced notice of changes to the law. The second segment will be released in January 2024 at the same time the entire course will be released also as an in-classroom training.

24-301 Suicide by Cop (Elective)

A three-hour course specifically focused on the phenomenon of suicidal individuals who choose to end their lives by confronting a law enforcement officer. The course will define suicide by cop, identify risk factors and warning signs, discuss intervention techniques, tactical communication, de-escalation techniques, and best practices to increase the chances of a successful and safe outcome. The course will also assist officers in recognizing and recovering from the trauma in the aftermath of such an encounter, as well as providing resources for officers to maintain their health and wellness.

24-601 Community Relationships (Required)

A three-hour course focused on the importance of building and maintaining trusted relationships with the communities police officers serve and protect. The course will review how to strengthen awareness regarding cultural diversity, competency and sensitivity within various communities; and to recognize trauma’s impact on members of the community and the importance of applying a trauma-informed approach. The course will conclude with highlighting strategies that officers can implement when working with their community members.

24-602 Law Enforcement Ethics (Elective)

A three-hour course exploring the issues of modern-day ethics in law enforcement and discussing what, if any, changes have occurred throughout the history of policing in Pennsylvania. The course will examine how hiring standards influence hiring ethical police officers and what impact that has on Pennsylvania law enforcement. The course will also suggest ideas which can assist officers in remaining ethically sound throughout their careers.