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Learn about Becoming an Ohio Peace Officer

NEWARK, Ohio, June 26, 2018 — Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will hold two information meetings for members of the public interested in enrolling in COTC's Evening Peace Officer Basic Training program. The two-semester program begins Aug. 21. Interested students must attend one of the following two-hour information sessions:

• Thursday, July 5, 10 a.m. – noon

John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, #126
COTC Newark campus

1219 University Drive, Newark, OH  43055

• Wednesday, July 11, 6 – 8 p.m.

Hopewell Hall, #53
COTC Newark campus

1189 University Drive, Newark, OH  43055

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.

The Ohio Peace Officer Training program meets the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission requirements and allows successful graduates of the program to take the state certification exam. Students will participate in over 728 hours of training. According to the Ohio Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of police officers and detectives is $61,211.

Graduates of the Peace Officer Basic Training program will earn college credits which can be applied toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement Technology.

COTC Peace Officer training cadets establish high standards 

  • COTC graduates earned the second highest average score in the state on the peace officer state certification exam among open enrollment academies.
  • COTC graduates scored 5 percent higher than the statewide average.

Source: Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and Academy, 2016 Annual Report

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.