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Law Enforcement Academy
- Program Costs
- Gainful Employment
- 600 Hours
- August - May
- Monday - Thursday
- 5:00pm - 9:00pm
There are many employment opportunities in the area of Law Enforcement
including police officers, prison guards, insurance companies, security
agencies, government security, and highway patrol (with additional training).
The Law Enforcement program qualifies the student to take the Ohio
examination for Law Enforcement officers. Enrollment requirements include a
background check and fingerprinting, pre-testing, personal interview,
verification of valid drivers' license with a good driving record, and applicant
must NOT have any felony convictions. The pre-test is given on Mondays at
3:00pm for a fee of $5.00. To register, please call in advance. The course
outline and subject areas are approved by the Ohio Peace Officers Training
Commission. All cadets must pass a physical conditioning assessment before
taking the state certification exam. Areas of study include, but may not be
- Introduction to Law Enforcement
- Introduction to Basic Training
- Role of American Police Officer
- Criminal Justice System
- Structure of American Courts
- Operation of Telephone and Radio
- Physical Conditioning
- Cultural Sensitivity
- Domestic Disputes
- Crisis Intervention
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Missing Children
- Ohio Revised Code
- Police Report Writing
- Crime Prevention
- Arrest Procedures
- Search Warrants
- Drug Offenses
- Computer Literacy
- Rules of Evidence
- Confessions and Waivers
- Motor Vehicle Offenses
- Firearms Training and Qualification
- First Aid
- Civil Liability
- Self Defense
- Crime Scene Search
- Weapons Offenses
- Hazardous Materials
- Search and Seizure
- Bombs and Explosives
- Radar and Technology
The goals of the police academy program are:
- Student/graduate has skills adequate to function as an entry level law enforcement job.
- Student/graduate competently works with full-time officers to learn the trade.
- Student/graduate displays good communication skills.
- Student/graduate utilizes critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- Student/graduate uses measures to improve and maintain officer safety.
- Graduate is prepared to sit for and pass the state law enforcement exam.
The learning objectives for the police academy program are:
- Gain career awareness and the opportunity to prove their abilities in their career choice.
- Enhance their education experience by receiving laboratory and hands-on experience related to their career interests prior to graduation.
- Receive greater meaning and comprehension for formal course work by integrating classroom studies with laboratory exercises and shadow officers while on duty.
- Receive exposure to specialized facilities and equipment sometimes unavailable in the classroom setting by visiting police and sheriff’s departments.
- Develop confidence, maturity, responsibility, and skills in human relations.
- Increase employability potential after graduation.
- The student must pass all skills areas of the police academy.
- The student must achieve a 70%, C, or above on the written state exam to be a certified peace officer in the state of Ohio.
- The student must pass the physical agility test set forth by the O.P.O.T.C. standards.
- The student must complete an average of 600 contact hours..
- The competencies required of each graduate of the police academy program are designed to comply with the competency requirements set forth by the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Commission.