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Police Academy testing begins for November 2021 class

SCRANTON, Pa. – The testing phase to join the next Lackawanna College Police Academy class is currently underway. Successful applicants testing at this time may be eligible to join the full-time class at the Hazleton Center, 2 E. Broad St., Hazleton, when it begins on Nov. 3, 2021.

To be eligible to join the Academy, cadets must pass several exams, including:

  • Interview with Academy staff
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) psychological test
  • Municipal Police Officer Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) pre-entrance physical testing
  • Nelson-Denny reading test

To meet the physical fitness standards set by MPOETC, applicants must meet several predetermined standards based on their gender and age, including:

  • 300-meter run
  • Push-ups (currently replacing bench press requirements due to COVID-19 guidelines)
  • Sit-ups
  • 1.5-mile run

The current testing window lasts through October 2021 or until the class reaches full capacity, whichever comes first. If an applicant fails their fitness test, a retest will be made available. Applicable fees apply for all Academy testing.

The next full-time Police Academy program is scheduled to begin in Scranton to begin in January 2022. Testing begins in August 2021.

For more information on the Academy, please visit our certificate page.