The department is currently staffed with seven (7) uniformed officers. These officers are trained on a continuous basis. The training includes CPR certification, knowledge in basic first aid, defensive tactics techniques and Act 235, The Lethal Weapons Training Act. The Lethal Weapons Training Act's purpose is to provide for the education, training, and certification of privately employed agents who, as an incidence to their employment, carry lethal weapons through a program administered or approved by the Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police.
The requirements for Act 235 are very stringent. The officer must take a physical examination, a psychological examination, and be fingerprinted by the State Police, who then does a background check on the officer. The Federal Bureau of Investigation may also get involved with examination of fingerprints.
The officers at LCCC are required to complete and be certified in the Lethal Weapons Training without firearms. The course consists of 27 class hours and consists of the following:
- Legal Authority
- Constitutional Authority
- Pennsylvania Crimes Code
- Limited Authority
- Incident Investigation
- Testifying in Court
- Principles of Justification
The officers must pass a written exam given at the end of the course.
This training permits the officer to carry a baton, mace, and handcuffs. The officers at LCCC do not carry any type of firearms. The officers must be recertified every five (5) years.
Officers often take other courses that will help them perform their duties in a proficient, professional manner. They are given information on seminars/workshops such as Conflict Management, Apprehension Procedures and Public Relations for their consideration. Also, numerous officers have participated in a course on the use of the side-handled baton. This is a 16 hour course for the basic class, and an additional 16 hours for the advanced course, and 8 hours for the annual recertification. After taking the side-handled baton course, the officers are certified to carry this instrument.
Any course that is available to the officer to enhance his/her training is also available to the general public to help them enhance their own safety. There is a small fee for each course.
The Office of Campus Security and Safety also utilizes the Criminal Justice students at the college as a student patrol. The members of the student patrols assist the uniformed officers in the patrolling of the campus, issuing of parking citations, and any other situations that may arise. The student patrols are given an introduction lesson to their function prior to actual duty.
To refresh and keep the officer's training up to date, there are copies of the videotapes used in the training classes which the officer periodically reviews. Also in the office are numerous periodicals and books that help to keep the officers up to date with current practices.
The officers are encouraged to join professional organizations dealing with their profession. The Campus Security and Safety Officer is a member in several professional organizations, such as:
- American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS)
- International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administration (IACLEA)
These professional organizations have newsletters and periodicals that update the department on security measures, as well as information pertaining to future security training and legislation.
Each officer is permitted to carry mace, handcuffs and a straight baton. Officers may also carry the side-handled baton, expandable batons and mo-gem if trained and certified to do so. The officers also carry flashlights with them at all times. These lights are either a full-size light or the handy mini-mag: