Lackawanna College Police Academy Celebrates 40 Years

Police Academy

The Lackawanna College Police Academy will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a special event on Wednesday, April 12, from 6-9 p.m. at La Buona Vita, 200 Reilly St., Dunmore. Tickets are $75, and proceeds will become part of the fundraising campaign that will allow the Academy to continue to deliver state-of-the-art training to its cadets and active law enforcement agencies.

The event will include remarks from special guest Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor. Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. His story has been chronicled in the book “13 Hours” that also became a major motion picture in 2016.

As part of the event, the Academy is seeking nominations of alumni who exemplify their creed of “Mission and Service Before Self.” Officers who have a positive impact on the relationship between their departments and the communities they serve should be considered for nomination. Any officer in a supervisory position in their department or any president or vice president of a police union or police benevolent association may nominate a fellow officer. All nominees must be Lackawanna College Police Academy graduates.

Sponsors for the event include Toyota of Scranton, premier sponsor; DePietro Pharmacy, gold sponsor; Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano, PC, and Starr Uniform, silver sponsors; Atty. Rick Fanucci; Atty. Corey J. Kolcharno; Atty. Gene Talerico; Boyle Trucking; DHD I, LLC; Matiolli Foundation/Pocono Raceway; Northeastern Eye Institute; Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, LLP; Scranton Running Co.; and the Wilkes-Barre City Police Benevolent Association, “Back the Blue” sponsors. Other sponsorship opportunities are still available.

The Academy was originally certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission in Harrisburg, Pa., on April 21, 1977. Lackawanna College is the first and continues to be the only private college in Northeastern Pennsylvania authorized to provide ACT 120 training. Thousands of Academy alumni actively serve as police officers throughout Pennsylvania, and as chiefs of police, attorneys, sheriffs, and as agents of state and federal agencies.

Tickets for the “Celebrating Our Legacy” event may be purchased by contacting Denise Boyle, Police Academy Administrative Assistant, at More information about the event and sponsorship opportunities are available at


Three patrol bikes donated to Dunmore Police Department


The Dunmore Police Department has three new patrol bicycles. They were donated to the DPD by Toyota of Scranton at the end of last month. The bikes will help officers get to know the community and go places they can’t reach with a car.

Pictured from left: Tom DePietro, owner, Homefield Advertising; Meghan Gagorik, marketing director, Toyota of Scranton; Greg Gagorik, president, Toyota of Scranton; Tom Hallinan, Councilman; Patrick Loughney, Mayor of Dunmore; Capt. Rich Barth and Officer Tom Richardson of the Dunmore Police Department.

Dunmorean awarded Lackawanna College memorial scholarship

seprish scholarship photo

During its Honors Convocation ceremony in early May, Lackawanna College awarded one of two Paul J. Miller, Jr. Memorial Scholarships to Dunmore resident Robert Seprish.

Paul J. Miller, Jr. graduated from Lackawanna College in 2008 with an associate degree in Criminal Justice. He had been pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at East Stroudsburg University and was awarded his bachelor’s degree posthumously.

The scholarship is distributed annually to two deserving full-time sophomores in good academic standing. Preference is given to eligible applicants who reflect Paul’s interests, such as students who major in Criminal Justice at Lackawanna College. The scholarship fund has been established in honor of Mr. Miller by neighbors, friends and family.

Seprish is a Criminal Justice-Police major at Lackawanna. He is shown at the ceremony with President Mark Volk, left, and Eileen and Paul Miller, at right, parents of the late Paul J. Miller, Jr.