Which Ohio Schools Offer Peace Officer Training Programs?

Learn about peace officer training in Ohio. Get information about programs available and admission requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Law Enforcement degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

A peace officer training program takes between 15 weeks and about seven months to complete, depending on its structure and whether you're attending full- or part-time. These programs may be available in evenings and could include basic training hours. You could also enroll in an associate's degree program, which requires about two years to complete. Some associate's degree programs also include basic training. Both types of programs are offered by community and technical colleges.


Peace Officer Training Certificate Programs in Ohio

Central Ohio Technical College

  • Program Name: Law Enforcement Technology - Basic Police Academy Certificate
  • Program Length: 22-25 weeks or 15 weeks
  • Tuition: $175/credit hour for residents; non-residents add additional $115/credit hour (Fall 2012; does not include peace officer academy fees)
  • Prerequisites: Valid driver's license
  • Admission Requirements: Background check; meet physical conditioning requirement; signed statement agreeing to refrain from using tobacco products while training
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 4,200 undergraduate students
  • Address: 1179 University Dr., Newark, OH 43055
  • Phone: 740-364-9564

Regardless of your enrollment in the daytime option (which takes 15 weeks) or the evening option (which takes 22-25 weeks), this program requires you to complete more than 600 hours of training in preparation for a law enforcement career. The 32 credits earned from the academy program can be transferred to an associate's degree program in law enforcement technology. You'll take classes in law enforcement administration, criminal law, human relations, patrol work, firearms use and safety, safe driving, subject control, first aid, investigation methods and physical conditioning. Students are responsible for the costs of a uniform, firearms ammunition and student liability insurance, which can vary.

Cuyahoga Community College District

  • Program Name: Peace Officer Basic Training (POBT) Certificate
  • Program Length: About 30 weeks
  • Tuition: $3,896 for Cuyahoga county residents; $4,550 for students outside Cuyahoga county and within Ohio; out-of-state tuition is higher (Fall 2012; full program tuition for 24 college credits and non-credit academy fees)
  • Prerequisites: At least 18 years old (age 20 or older preferred); valid driver's license; high school diploma or GED
  • Admission Requirements: Physical exam; background check; pass physical fitness test
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 30,900 undergraduate students
  • Address: Unified Technologies Center (UTC), 2415 Woodland Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115
  • Phone: 216-987-3076

In this program, you receive 600 hours of training in human relations, report writing, subject control, firearms and the law. You can also receive training and earn certification in the proper use of tasers, CPR, first aid and shooting. While classroom learning materials and a uniform are covered by tuition, you must obtain your own handgun, magazines, ammunition and safety gear.

Washington State Community College

  • Program Name: Peace Officer Basic Academy (POBA)
  • Program Length: Seven months or two months and three weeks
  • Tuition: Program tuition is about $4,000 for in-state students; non-Ohio residents pay $266 per credit hour (Fall 2012)
  • Prerequisites: At least age 18; valid driver's license
  • Admission Requirements: Background check; pass physical fitness test
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 2,300 undergraduate students
  • Address: 710 Colegate Dr., Marietta, OH 45750
  • Phone: 740-374-8716, extension 1540

The peace officer training program is offered part-time during the evening, which takes seven months to complete, or full-time during the day, which takes two months and three weeks. The curriculum covers topics such as legal principles, human relations, law enforcement administration, patrol methods, driving skills, civil disorders, traffic and investigation. You receive 26 semester hours in academic credit when you complete the program. You're responsible for obtaining your own rain gear, running gear, eye protection and ear protection.


Associate's Programs in Ohio

Central Ohio Technical College

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement Technology
  • Field of Study Options: Special operations, advanced patrol and investigations, corrections management (all except corrections management require Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certification)
  • Program Length: Five semesters
  • Tuition: $175/credit hour for residents; non-residents add additional $115/credit hour (Fall 2012; does not include peace officer academy fees)
  • Prerequisites: Driver's license
  • Admission Requirements: Fingerprint background check; physical fitness test; signed statement to refrain from using tobacco products during the program; Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission approval to enter peace officer training
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 4,200 undergraduate students
  • Address: 1179 University Dr., Newark, OH 43055
  • Phone: 740-364-9564

This degree program can prepare you for a career as a police officer, homeland security officer, probation officer, correction officer, court officer or a deputy sheriff. You may also continue your education in a 4-year institution to earn a bachelor's degree in criminal justice or law enforcement. You take courses in patrol, traffic investigation, firearms, driving, subject control and physical conditioning. Students don't concentrate on their area of specialization after they've completed the peace officer training requirements of the program.

Cuyahoga Community College District

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement
  • Field of Study Options: Basic police academy
  • Program Length: Two years
  • Tuition: $98/credit hour (includes general and technology fee); non-Cuyahoga County students add $27/credit hour; non-Ohio residents also add $144/credit hour (Fall 2012; does not include program and peace officer academy fees)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 30,900 undergraduates students
  • Address: Unified Technologies Center (UTC), 2415 Woodland Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115
  • Phone: 216-987-3076

This program includes police officer training, along with an educational foundation that may allow you to continue your education and earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. Law enforcement courses include criminal justice, criminal evidence, patrol operations, firearms, first aid, traffic enforcement and investigation, criminal law, juvenile delinquency, investigative process and defensive driving.

Hocking College

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Police Science
  • Program Length: Four semesters
  • Tuition: $1,440/semester for residents enrolled full-time (12-18 credits); $1,440 plus $2,096 surcharge/semester out-of-state residents enrolled full-time (2012-2013; does not include program and peace officer academy fees)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 5,900 undergraduate students
  • Address: 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764
  • Phone: 877-HOCKING or 740-753-3591

This associate's degree program includes the 582-hour peace office basic training program. You can also obtain specialized knowledge in firearms, unarmed self-defense, dispatch, interrogation and criminalistics through classroom and lab work. You're required to complete a practicum component and can also participate in an internship with the college's police department.


Career Information for Peace Officers in Ohio

In Ohio, a peace officer is charged with safeguarding human life and property, upholding laws, ordinances or regulations and maintaining order. Job titles vary, but can include deputy sheriff, highway patrol officer, law enforcement investigator, campus police officer, undercover narcotics agent, wildlife officer or police officer. State-approved peace officer basic training programs admit sworn officers who are already appointed peace officers or students who do not have an appointment; some programs accept both. At the end of the training program, both types of students must pass a state certification exam.

Sworn officers receive a certificate of completion, while un-sworn students are given a letter of completion. If you are an un-sworn student, you will receive a certificate of completion if you obtain an appointment within one year. If you receive an appointment after one year but before two years have passed, you must take a refresher course before receiving your certificate of completion. If you are appointed to a peace officer job two years or more after completing the program, you'll need to repeat it in order to obtain your certificate of completion.

Salary and Employment Outlook for Peace Officers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that employment of detectives and police officers nationwide was expected to grow by seven percent from 2010-2020 (www.bls.gov). The BLS also found that the approximately 23,300 sheriff's patrol and police officers working in Ohio earned a mean wage of about $54,000 in May 2011.

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