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.

There are a few options if you're interested in pursuing peace officer training in Ohio. This article summarizes information about four schools to help guide your research of schools and programs.

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

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.

  • Program Name: Law Enforcement Technology - Basic Police Academy Certificate
  • Program Length: 22-25 weeks or 15 weeks
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,296 for residents; $7,056 for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • 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; 3,567 undergraduate students

Cuyahoga Community College District

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.

  • Program Name: Peace Officer Basic Training (POBT) Certificate
  • Program Length: About 30 weeks
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,136 for county residents; $3,953 for residents; $7,648 for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • 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; 27,084 undergraduate students

Washington State Community College

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.

  • Program Name: Peace Officer Basic Academy (POBA)
  • Program Length: Seven months or two months and three weeks
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,490 for residents; $8,660 for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: At least age 18; valid driver's license
  • Admission Requirements: Background check; pass physical fitness test
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 1,623 undergraduate students

Associate's Programs in Ohio

Central Ohio Technical College

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.

  • 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 and Fees: $4,296 for residents; $7,056 for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • 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; 3,567 undergraduate students

Cuyahoga Community College District

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.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement
  • Field of Study Options: Basic police academy
  • Program Length: Two years
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,136 for county residents; $3,953 for residents; $7,648 for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 27,084 undergraduate students

Hocking College

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.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Police Science
  • Program Length: Four semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,390 for residents; $8,780 for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 3,474 undergraduate students

Central Ohio Technical College, Cuyahoga Community College District and Washington State Community College offer peace officer certificate programs; Central Ohio Technical College, Cuyahoga Community College District and Hocking College offer associate's degree programs.

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