Basic Peace Officer AcademyThis program is available at the Springfield - Downtown location.
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 also have the opportunity to earn college credit towards a Clark State's Criminal Justice degree.
Basic Peace Officer Training topics include administration, legal, human relations, firearms, driving, traffic, investigation, patrol, traffic enforcement, civil disorders, defensive tactics, first aid, homeland security and physical conditioning. Additional certificates may be earned for pepper spray and taser.
Four academies are offered each year; two day and two night. Attendance at all classes is mandatory. Formal class meetings for these academies are held on the Clark State Campus or at a satellite location. Firearms and driver trainings are conducted at off-campus locations. Day academies begin in March and August with classes from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Evening academies begin January and May with classes from 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All academies include multiple weekends with certain training events 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 201A or Room 201B. 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.
The academy provides much of the needed 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. A gun belt with training gear that includes, among other things, training Taser and pepper spray canister will be provided to wear during class.
The cost of the Basic Peace Officer Training Academy is approximately $5575 for tuition and fees. Fees will include the required Ohio Criminal Code Handbook, some uniform apparel, and other items.
If you need assistance paying for your education, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. By filing the FAFSA, you will be considered for all aid for which you might be eligible. The Police Academy is a short-term program and has different annual limits for federal grant and student loans. If you have questions about financial aid contact the Financial Aid office at 937.328.6034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Clark State provides a Delayed Payment Plan through the Cashier’s Office. The academy is approved for veterans. For more information about financial aid assistance for veterans, please call 937.328.6014.