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COTC Institute for Public Services and Safety to hold Peace Officer Basic Training Information Meetings

NEWARK, Ohio, Sept. 17, 2018 – You can serve your community in a rewarding career when you complete Central Ohio Technical College's (COTC) Peace Officer Basic Training program. COTC's Institute for Public Services and Safety will be holding several information meetings for those interested in the program. Attendance at one meeting is mandatory for admittance to the program. Attendees will learn about the entrance requirements as well as an explanation of the application process.

Peace Officer Basic Training Information Meetings
Wednesday, October 24 – 6 p.m.

Hopewell Hall Room 53,

1189 University Dr. Newark

Monday, November 5 – 2 p.m.Hopewell Hall Room 53
Thursday, November 8 – 10 a.m.Hopewell Hall Room 55
Tuesday, November 13 – 5 p.m.Hopewell Hall Room 53
Thursday, November 15 – 1 p.m.Hopewell Hall Room 53

The Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training program meets the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission requirements and allows successful graduates of the program to take the state certification exam.  Students participate in over 728 hours of training. According to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and Academy 2016 Annual Report, COTC cadets score five percent higher on the peace officer state certification exam than the statewide average.

The program offers two optional schedule tracks to help students reach their goal. The accelerated program lasts approximately 15 weeks. It is typically held 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and requires some weekend and evening class work. The evening program lasts approximately seven months. It is typically held 5:30-10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and requires some weekend training. Graduates of the Peace Officer Basic Training program will earn college credits that can be applied toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement Technology.

According to Ohio Labor Market Information, the median annual salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers is $61,211. To register for an information session or learn more about COTC's Peace Officer Basic Training program, visit cotc.edu/POBT or contact Commander Jeff Sowards at sowards.16@cotc.edu.

More information about all programs offered through COTC's Institute for Public Safety and Services can be found at cotc.edu/publicservices.

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.