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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.

The Lackawanna College Police Academy training is not only fundamental to becoming a police officer but can serve as the basis for earning an bachelor’s of science degree in Criminal Justice. 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

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

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


2021 Mandatory In-Service Announcement
2021 Mandatory MIST Schedule

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. The Lackawanna College Police Academy offers Basic Lethal Weapons Training classes as well as re-certification classes. For an application or to verify dates of classes please call (570)955-1513 or email us at 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.

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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.