Clark State College will hold a graduation ceremony for cadets of the Basic Peace Officer Training Academy at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 South Fountain Avenue, Springfield.
Paul Weber, commander of the Clark State Police Academy, said Clark State is sending well-trained cadets into the workforce, and he is confident they will make excellent police officers.
“The cadets spend 5-7 months of intense training to start a long and rewarding career in police service for our communities,” he said. “They complete over 730 hours of training. We are proud of their accomplishments and wish them all success as they move forward.”
Clark State’s state-of-the-art police academy training facility features a subject control/physical fitness center. A new practical training room is used for practical (hands-on) training for domestic violence, crime scene, DUI enforcement training and Milo System training (weapons scenario-based system to train officers in the use of force).
The Clark State Basic Peace Officer Training Academy celebrated its 50th anniversary in August of 2019.
Clark State offers four peace officer training academies each year—four-month daytime academies and six-month evening academies are each held twice a year. Each academy is limited to 25 cadets. The next evening Academy session begins January 4, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The next daytime Academy session will begin May 7, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Cadets must be 21 years of age at the time they take the state certification exam. Cadets must also have a valid Ohio driver’s license, a high school diploma or GED equivalent and cannot have any felony or violent misdemeanor convictions.
Those interested in enrolling in the Clark State Basic Peace Officer Training Academy should call 937.328.6050 for more information. Prospective cadets are required to complete the OPOTA application and other required forms. A candidate is required to pass a physical assessment test, a physical, a drug screen and be fingerprinted for a BCI background check.
Fall 2021 Police Academy Graduates
Tim Tincher, Jr.