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Police Academy – ACT 120

The Lackawanna College Police Academy returned to full operation and in-person instruction on June 24, 2020.

Mission and Service Before Self

Since its creation in 1977, the Lackawanna College Police Academy has trained generations of law enforcement professionals. Lackawanna is the first and continues to be the only private college in Northeastern Pennsylvania authorized to provide Municipal Police Officers Basic Training, commonly referred to in Pennsylvania as ACT 120 training—which is the state-regulated municipal police basic training program.

Upcoming Classes

Please note that Academy pre-testing begins six months before the start of classes.

The Lackawanna College Police Academy returned to full operation and in-person instruction on June 24, 2020.

Future Classes
Hazleton Center
Full-time: November 9, 2020

Scranton Campus
Full-time: January 19, 2021

Part-Time: March 23, 2021

Full-time classes meet Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Part-time classes meet 3-4 evenings per week from 6-10 p.m. and the occasional weekend.

Classes and mandatory community service will be scheduled on weekends or evenings as needed.

The cost of the program is $8,500.00 including tuition, supplies and books. Uniform and equipment costs are an additional applicant cost of approximately $500.00. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Please inquire at 570-961-7826.

*Cost and class start dates are subject to change without notice.

Important Information

Contact Us

John R. Chilleri
Director of Academy Operations

Jerry Dessoye
Assistant Director of Academy Operations

Willard Oliphant
Academy Operations Coordinator

Denise Boyle
Admissions-Academy Operations
(570) 961-7842

The Lackawanna College Police Academy is certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) in Harrisburg, Pa., to offer the Municipal Police Basic Training Program at the College’s Scranton Campus and Hazleton Center. In addition, Lackawanna College Police Academy also offers the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Mandatory In-Service training (ACT 180) throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.

More than 4,000 students have graduated from the Academy since its beginning in 1977, and today they actively serve as police officers throughout the United States in positions including chiefs of police, attorneys, sheriffs, and agents of state and federal agencies.

21st Century Police Training

The Pennsylvania Municipal Police Basic Training Program is required training for all municipal police officers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This program recently underwent a complete revision from 720 hours to 919 hours. The training program now consists of 498 of lecture hours and 421 hours of skill and scenario training. The program is divided into five modules including topic areas such as:

  • Laws and criminal procedure
  • Human relations
  • Vehicle code enforcement
  • Patrol procedures and operations
  • Crash investigation
  • Criminal investigation
  • Drug law enforcement
  • Case presentation
  • Homeland security
  • Responding to special needs populations
  • Behavior management and crisis intervention
  • Juvenile law
  • Operation of a patrol vehicle
  • Physical and emotional readiness
  • Defensive tactics
  • Firearms
  • Emergency medical response training
  • Handling arrested persons

The program culminates with an intensive 40 hours of scenario and practical exercise.

Each municipal police cadet must pass physical fitness testing throughout their training and qualify with a variety of weapons. During the Cadet’s training program, cadets are required to pass 27 written and skill evaluation tests.

Upon graduation from the Lackawanna College Police Academy, the cadet is eligible to take the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Certification exam, and if successful, they are permitted to be employed as a Pennsylvania municipal police officer.

Application requirements

Students seeking enrollment in the Police Academy at Lackawanna College must fulfill the following criteria. All pertinent documents must be submitted to the Academy 60 days prior to the start date for classes, and all testing requirements and interview must be completed 30 days prior to their start date:

  • Complete the Police Academy application
  • $35 application fee
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Control Sheet
  • Copy of Driver’s License
  • Copy of Social Security Card
  • Copy of Birth Certificate / Passport / Naturalization Card
  • Criminal History Report*
  • Driver History (Full or Certified)
  • Grade Release Form
  • Health Insurance Card / Signed Waiver Form
  • High School Diploma, Transcript, or GED Certificate
  • Medical Exam
  • Personal and Professional History Information
  • Vision Exam
  • Two letters of reference
  • Completed testing
    • Physical Fitness Agility – $45 fee
    • Psychological Report (MMPI)
    • Nelson Denny Reading Comprehension Test

* Any conviction of a misdemeanor 2 or above will automatically disqualify you from enrollment

Additional Training

The Police Academy regularly offers mandatory ACT 180 In-Service Training, ACT 235 Lethal Weapons Training, CLEE, and other seminars to local law enforcement officials.

Visit our Academy Training page for more information.