Wilkes University


Three Public Safety Officers Graduate from the Lackawanna College Police Academy

The Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce the recent graduation of Lt. Phil Miller, Sgt. Seth Pesta, and Officer Holly Stull from the Lackawanna College Police Academy.  In addition to the strict adherence to standardized basic police training curriculum, the Academy provided these officers in supplemental training in an active learning environment provided by a talented and diverse cadre of instructors that includes active chiefs; ranking officers and patrol officers from municipal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; retired state and federal officers; and practicing attorneys.

Cadets participate in training offered by the Academy in association with local and state agencies in areas including:

  • Simulated weapons training;
  • Mental illness Identification and response;
  • First aid;
  • Child abuse and domestic violence protocol training;
  • Defensive tactics;
  • Advanced crime scene investigation; and;
  • Mock courtroom testimony exercises

Community service was also a major component of the these officers experience.  They participated in local and national events honoring fallen officers, and each class dedicates their training and graduation to a fallen officer of their choosing.  Officer Holly Stull was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the 1st Annual Defend 5K Run/Walk to benefit Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson and Tpr. Alex Douglass Funds. The event took place on May 24, at the Greater Scranton YMCA, and raised several thousands of dollars for the families.   We are very proud of her dedication and effort.

This graduation is the culmination of one year of training that these dedicated officers participated in outside their normal duties.  Please join Chief Chris Jagoe and the staff at Public Safety in congratulating these outstanding employees at Wilkes.