Law Enforcement Technology

Associate of Applied Science


The law enforcement technology associate degree program at COTC is designed to provide students with up-to-date, industry-specific training that will enhance their professional opportunities and give successful students the ability to explore a diverse and rewarding career.

A peace officer basic training certificate is built into the law enforcement technology associate degree and prepares students to meet the requirements of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and to sit for the state peace officer examination.

Why choose COTC?

Experienced and Dedicated Instructors

The law enforcement instructors at COTC stay connected in the field and provide top-notch teaching to prepare students for the workforce. Student preparation shows in state examination scores graduates of the law enforcement technology program receive. 

Instructors Mark Prince and James Rease know and care about their students. It’s not uncommon to find Associate Professor Mark Prince running alongside students participating in wellness classes, and training for the physical rigor needed for someone seeking a profession in law enforcement, or to find Commander James Rease in the thick of things when students are learning patrol tactics.  


Blue Line Superhero Run

5K, 10K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run

A man running on a path through campus gives a thumbs up.

The Blue Line Superhero Run, a collaboration between COTC and the Licking County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), honors law enforcement personnel as they begin National Police Week. Proceeds from the Blue Line Superhero Run will benefit COTC’s Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Award for Character and Dedication to Public Service and the LCSO’s Stuff the Backpack fund.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or degree are listed in a plan of study. 

Are there any age requirements to take classes in Law Enforcement Technology (LET)?

Students must be 18 to enroll in Peace Officer Basic Training.

If I am already a peace officer does that qualify me for college credit?

Students who are currently Ohio Certified Peace Officers may be eligible to apply credit to the peace officer basic training program but must provide documentation of current peace officer status.

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

The law enforcement technology associate degree and the peace officer basic training certificate both include hands-on learning and some face-to-face classes. There are some online courses that can be taken as part of the law enforcement technology program.

What expenses are there in addition to tuition?

Students in the law enforcement technology associate degree program — and the Peace Officer Basic Training Certificate program — will be required to purchase and wear a uniform. 

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards more than $1 million in scholarships to students each year.

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Service at 740.366.9435 or email

Can I pursue a bachelor’s degree after I complete an associate degree?

Students interested in continuing their education to pursue a bachelor’s degree can consider transferring to a four-year college or university. COTC has a transfer agreement with Tiffin University for law enforcement.

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started. 


Law Enforcement Technology – Learning Outcomes

​​​Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Law Enforcement Technology program at Central Ohio Technical College is to prepare qualified individuals for entry-level positions as a law enforcement officer through knowledge-based learning, demonstrated skills proficiencies, experiential learning through structural simulation, and practical experience in an ethical and professional manner consistent with court decisions, community expectations, and federal, state, and local laws.