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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.

    Training and Testing

    Applicants may submit payment for ACT 120 training and testing including required reading and physical fitness tests below.

    Police Academy Training and Fees


    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 Scranton campus, 501 Vine St., Scranton, Pa., or our Hazleton facility, 2 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Pa. Registrations are only accepted by email and may be sent to paapplication@lackawanna.edu.

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


    Download the 2019 calendar of ACT 180 classes (PDF)

    2019 classes

    Courses offered by the Academy include:

    19-001: Legal Updates (Mandatory Course)

    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.

    19-002: Officer Safety – Traffic Stops (Elective Course)

    This three-hour elective course reviews the skills required to perform a traffic stop with a focus on officer safety. Officers will review the practical application of basic concepts of how to affect an unknown risk vehicle stop. Methods of approaching the violator vehicle will be reviewed in terms of best practices, keeping in mind officer safety features. A key component to be discussed will be how to read pre-attack clues and effectively communicate with people while maintaining a position of safety. Officers will also review standard skills to be used in a sudden physical attack. Officer safety issues, both physically and mentally, will be an overriding theme.

    19-003: Advanced Interviewing Techniques (Elective Course)

    This three-hour elective course will sharpen the patrol officer’s interviewing skills by discussing when and how to apply advanced interviewing techniques while initially interacting with victims, witnesses, and suspects. The training focuses on developing the skills of the patrol officer who takes interviewing seriously, practices good communication skills, and embodies the characteristics that produce an effective interviewer.

    19-004: Criminal Technology and Electronic Evidence (Elective Course)

    This three-hour elective course will study how technology has changed over the past decade with a focus on what types of technology are most frequently used in criminal enterprise and how to investigate accordingly. Instruction will include what electronic evidence and/or investigative information is available, how to collect it, and how to get it processed. The course will build on and update material provided in previous MIST courses 11-417 and 14-422.

    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 recertification classes.

    For an application or to verify dates of classes please call (570) 961-7842 or email us at boyled@lackawanna.edu.

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

    Register and pay for your ACT 235 training using our secure PayPal form below.

    Course Options


    For information on upcoming programs, email academyoperations@lackawanna.edu.

    Special Events

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    Public Safety Training
    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 as advanced training. The Academy can also tailor specialized training for individual departments.