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Majors & Certificates

Police Academy – ACT 120

The Police Academy professional certification program at Lackawanna College trains cadets to serve their communities with “honor, integrity, and courage.” These values are the mission of the program. The creed is “Mission and Service Before Self,” which is instilled in the cadets when they first appear for the interview process.

Police training is all done through classroom and hands-on education so graduates are well rounded in their approach to the vital work of police officers.

A professional certification from Lackawanna College’s Police Academy prepares students for all the challenges that come with upholding the law while protecting and serving the public.

Upcoming Classes

Part-time, Scranton- July 13, 2022
Full-time, Hazleton-  November 2, 2022
Full-time, Scranton-  January 18, 2023
Part-time, Scranton- March 29, 2023
Full-time, Hazleton- November 1, 2023

Why Enroll in Our Police Academy Certification Program?

Lackawanna’s Police Academy professional certification program instills in candidates the honor and reverence of the police officer profession. At the same time, we keep our academy curriculum up to date with the most current developments in law enforcement education and training.

Still, prospective students want to know that our certification program will truly prepare them for gainful and rewarding careers as law enforcement officers.

The median wage for police and detectives was $65,170 in May 2019. The median wage for correctional officers and bailiffs was $47,830, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job outlook for police officers and detectives calls for a 5% job growth through 2029, according to BLS.

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Why Choose Lackawanna College?

Lackawanna College’s Police Academy professional certification program trains cadets to enter law enforcement while teaching them values that reflect the college’s approach to education. Cadets who enroll in our Police Academy will participate in local and national events to honor our fallen officers. Lackawanna trainees have marched in the National Police Memorial Parade in Washington, D.C., and attended local police memorial events. Each class dedicates their training and graduation to a fallen officer of their choosing to signify the commitment they are making to their profession.

Community service is another vital component of the cadet experience at the Academy. Cadets are taught that the most important aspect of policing is to protect and serve others. The cadets at both the Scranton campus and Hazleton Center contribute community service hours each year to various charitable organizations. They have raised thousands of dollars for local charities benefiting children and fellow and fallen officers.

Finally, Lackawanna College offers a unique opportunity to obtain certification from its Police Academy along with an associate degree in Criminal Justice in two years. Graduates of the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Basic Training Program, commonly referred to in-state as the ACT 120 program, use their training modules as course equivalencies for a number of degree requirements. Lackawanna College is the only private college in Northeastern Pennsylvania that provides this combined education.

What’s Involved in Our Police Academy Certification Program?

Policing is always evolving to keep pace with modern-day crimes. It is critical that police training follows that same path. The Lackawanna College Police Academy professional certification program is committed to bringing our cadets the most up-to-the-minute training and education in modern police techniques and theories.

In addition to the strict adherence to standardized basic police training curriculum, the Academy provides supplemental training in an active learning environment. This is all provided by a talented and diverse cadre of instructors who include active chiefs, ranking officers, and patrol officers. These individuals come from municipal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Some of them are retired state and federal officers and practicing attorneys.

Cadets also participate in simulated weapons training, mental health first aid, child abuse and domestic violence protocol training, and a variety of other hands-on training types. This is in addition to the curriculum provided by the Municipal Police Officers Training.

Academy Schedule


Part-time Police Academy courses are approximately 12-13 months in length. Total program length may be impacted by College and federal holidays.

Class sessions are conducted four (4) weekday evenings, Monday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m., and on three (3) weekday evenings, Tuesday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m., on alternating weeks. Additionally, classes will be conducted on three (3) weekends each month.

Firearms and Emergency Vehicle Driving training is conducted on four (4) weekdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., for approximately four (4) consecutive weeks.


Full-time Police Academy courses are approximately 7-8 months in length. Total program length may be impacted by College and federal holidays.
Class sessions are conducted five (5) weekdays, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and occasional weekends.

Apply to Our Police Academy Professional Certification Program

Candidates interested in enrolling in Lackawanna’s Police Academy certification program, or the Academy-Criminal Justice associate degree program, can complete an intake form now to apply.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Once your application to the College is complete, you will have to submit your Police Academy application.
Download the application here (PDF).


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.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

This program is designed to be completed in 8 ½ months for full-time cadets or 11 months for part-time cadets.
This program will cost $8,500 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed.
Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $6,642.00 of debt.
The program meets licensure requirements in the following States: Pennsylvania. There is not direct reciprocity from Pennsylvania to any other state and vice versa. Each state has its own requirements and that state’s certifying agency will evaluate Pennsylvania Law Enforcement training, to determine if it meets their qualification and determine what additional training and or certification testing is required.
For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here:
Gainful employment info updated March 2021

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.

Please click here for more information.