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Basic Peace Officer Academy

This program is offered at Clark State's Springfield location.

The law enforcement field is thriving. Advances in technology and an emphasis on homeland security have fueled a demand for a new breed of law enforcement professionals equipped to meet the changes in national security. Several rewarding law enforcement careers that are in demand in today’s security-conscious society include FBI Agent, Homeland Security, Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Armed Security, Corrections Officers, Probation Officers, Court Officers, U.S. Marshal, Customs Agent, Secret Service Agent, and Game Warden.

The Clark State Basic Peace Officer Training Academy is designed to meet the requirements of the Ohio Police Officer Training Council (OPOTC) and is offered in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, the State of Ohio, and OPOTC. Successful graduates of this program will be recommended to take the state certification examination. Successful graduates will also earn college credit towards Clark State's Criminal Justice Technology degree.

Basic Peace Officer Training topics include administration, legal, human relations, firearms, driving, traffic accidents, investigation, patrol, traffic enforcement, civil disorders, defensive tactics, first aid, homeland security, and physical conditioning.  Additional certificates are earned for radar/lidar, pepper spray, straight baton, and taser.

Four academies are offered each year; two day and two night. Formal class meetings for these academies may be held on the Clark State Campus or at a satellite location. Firearms and driver trainings are conducted at off-campus locations. Attendance at all classes is mandatory. Day academies begin in March and August with classes from 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Evening academies begin January and June with classes from 5:30pm-10:30pm, Monday through Friday. All academies include several weekends where some training events are held off-site.

Additional Information and Enrollment Forms are available by calling 937-328-7960, or visiting the Police Academy Office at 100 South Limestone Street, Springfield, Ohio, Room 225 or Room 228. If you are interested in attending the Basic Peace Officer Training Academy, please complete the online Student Enrollment Interest Form. This provides the college with a record of your interest, and you will be contacted with more information. Applicants must appear in person to enroll in the academy.

Learning Outcomes
The academy provides the recruit with the basic fundamentals of entry-level peace officer training. Upon successful completion of the program students will be eligible to take the state certification exam.  Successful completion of the exam allows students to obtain a position in law enforcement.

Admission Requirement
Academy applicants must meet stringent entrance requirements as directed by the Attorney General of the State of Ohio before admitted to the program. Requirements that must be met are:

  • High school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Must be 21 years of age by completion of the academy.
  • If no previous college experience, must take COMPASS placement test. The COMPASS placement test will assess skill levels in reading and writing. Students who score below a 70 may be required to take a college preparatory education (CPE) course before enrolling in the academy.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Submit Livescan fingerprints at the Sheriff’s Office for the State of Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation (BCI&I) and the FBI to determine any criminal record, such as felonies, any domestic violence, or drug convictions, that would disqualify a student from the academy.
  • Obtain a physical and return a signed medical release from a physician

Uniform Requirements
Uniforms are required for all police academy students. The uniform shall consist of a police academy shirt, uniform pants, black belt, black socks, and black shoes or boots. There are no exceptions to the uniform requirement.

Mandatory Attendance
The hours of instruction in the police academy are mandatory. There are no excused absences from the police academy. All classroom instruction is conducted at the Brinkman Educational Center, 100 South Limestone Street, Springfield. However, certain portions of skill training are conducted at other locations.

Equipment
During firearms training, the police academy will provide a firearm, ammunition, holster, duty belt, belt stays, ammo pouches and gun belt for the student’s use.

Physical Fitness
All Basic Peace Officer Training Academy students must test and meet the physical fitness standards within the last 80 hours of the academy in order to be eligible to take the state exam.

Cost
The cost of the Basic Peace Officer Training Academy is approximately $3600.00 for tuition and fees. Tuition will include the required Ohio Criminal Code Handbook, among many various items.

Financial Aid
If you need assistance paying for your education, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.  By filing the FAFSA, you will be considered for all aid for which you might be eligible.If you have questions about financial aid contact Kathy Klay at 937.328.6085, or email klayk@clarkstate.edu.  Clark State provides a Delayed Payment Plan through the Cashier’s Office. Veterans approved. For more information about financial aid assistance for veterans, please call 937-328-6014.   

Graduation Requirements
Graduation is based on successful completion of OPOTA’s requirements.

Course Course Title Credits
CRJ 1283 Basic Law Enforcement I 8
CRJ 1284 Basic Law Enforcement II 8
  Total Credit Hours 16

Must complete CRJ 1283 (Basic Law Enforcement I) before taking CRJ 1284 (Basic Law Enforcement II).  Each course is 8 credit hours.