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Police Academy Application Process

This program is designed for students seeking careers in entry level positions in law enforcement agencies in the state of Ohio. These agencies include city police departments, village or township police departments, or county sheriff departments. While it is not required, it is an added benefit for those seeking careers in probation or parole.

The Ohio Revised Code enables North Central State College to incorporate the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy into the Criminal Justice Associate Degree program. The academy requirements are included in many of the program courses for the associate degree in Criminal Justice. Upon completion of the academy requirements, the student will be eligible to take the state certification examination to become a peace officer in the state of Ohio.

Our graduates have consistently scored among the highest graduation rates in the state, on the Ohio Peace Officer State Certification Examination.

The Academy is offered during the day, or at night.

Day academy students attend 8:00 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. Firearms will be conducted on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for eight weeks of the academy.  The remaining Fridays will be reserved for make-up days.

Night Academy students attend 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday with Fridays being reserved as make-up days.

Both Day and Night students will have to attend almost all Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will attend two Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The academy calendar will be given to students prior to the start of the academy.

The academy requires full-time enrollment in North Central State College.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply the core criminal justice foundation concepts of juvenile justice, criminology, constitutional law, corrections, private security, and U.S. Judicial and Criminal Justice systems in solving and defending logical arguments and applications in the field
  2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing and speech.
  3. Demonstrate well-developed analytical and problem solving skills.
  4. Demonstrate proper standards of criminal justice professionalism, morals, and ethics.

Police Academy Application Process

The application period for the 2016-2017 academic year has ended. The application period for the 2017-2018 academic year will begin April 1, 2017

All students wishing to enter the Police Academies in Fall semester (both DAY and NIGHT Academies) must initially apply online as the first step in the application process using the link below (active April 1, 2017).  The Academy Commander will then notify the student of their preliminary acceptance.

Police Academy Interest

A mandatory orientation will be held in July of 2016 in a room to be announced.  The meeting will be held at the following times:

July 5, 2016: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
July 7, 2016: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

All students who have expressed their interest via the link above for the upcoming Police Academies that will begin in August of 2016 MUST attend one of the mandatory orientation sessions that will be conducted in July of 2016. Students must determine by this date, which academy they will be attending; day or night.  Those failing to attend the orientation will not be considered for placement into the police academies.

Students under the age of 21 are encouraged to read the following document prior to applying for the Police Office Academy.

Peace Office Basic Training Academy Age Issues

All students MUST apply as a student to North Central State College prior to attending the orientation.

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Financial Aid is available for the police academy for those that qualify. Students need to complete their FAFSA forms prior to attending the orientation. Students receiving military aid need to make an appointment with the financial aid office prior to the mandatory orientation. Any questions concerning financial aid need to be filtered through North Central State College's Financial Aid Office at 419-755-4899.

The orientation will consist of the following:

  1. Physical Fitness Assessment Test (1.5 mile run. push-ups, sit-ups): students entering the police academy must test at the 15% level of the OPOTA standards.
  2. Students will receive the official O.P.O.T.C application for the police academy
  3. Students will be registered for the police academy courses
  4. Students will receive the rules and regulations of the NC State Police Academy Program
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