This Certificate program runs as either:
An evening program of approximately 22-25 weeks during the evening hours (5 pm to 10 pm) Monday through Friday, and most Saturdays are required for blocks of training. Some Sundays (2-3) are also set aside for training. 20 to 28 hours of training per week.
An accelerated program of approximately 15 weeks during daytime hours (8 am to 6:30 pm) Monday through Friday, some week-ends are required for blocks of training. 40 to 50 hours of training per week.
Total Hours Required
- Total Hours Required For Degree: 23.50
The Basic Police Academy program has been designed to meet the requirements of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission for Police Academies. There are specific admission requirements which must be met before a student will be admitted to this program. Successful graduates of this program will be recommended to take the state certification examination. Cadets that successfully complete this program will receive a letter of completion (for open enrollment students) or a certificate (if a commissioned officer from OPOTC) and will be eligible to gain employment as a police officer, deputy sheriff, or armed security officer.
All cadets are required to have a physical examination and a fingerprint check completed at least 21 days prior to the start of each Academy (no cadets will be accepted after this deadline). The physical examination WILL BE AT THE CADET’S EXPENSE. Fingerprint checks are required for ALL CADETS (persons convicted of a felony or domestic violence are not eligible for this program). Instructions for fingerprinting are provided by the Academy only (see Academy Commander). The cadet is responsible for required uniform expenses.
Interested students must submit a completed COTC Application form and contact the COTC Gateway Admissions Office for additional admissions requirements. Once accepted students must pay a one-time non-refundable Acceptance Fee of $40.00. Cadets pay standard per semester credit hour tuition charges as set forth by the College (listing of tuition and fees available from the Gateway Admissions Office). Students will also be charged for ammunition (currently $250.00 one- time charge – ammunition prices are subject to change without notice due to price changes by the manufacturer). Individually owned firearms or purchased ammunition will not be permitted on the firing range during class times.
The Ohio Revised Code, Administrative Code Rule 109.2-1 provides: 1) for the power of the School Commander to enact rules and regulations which establish a higher standard of training than the minimum required; and 2) for the termination of the services of unsatisfactory students during or upon completion of the pre-school training period.
The College Reserves the Right to Change Curricula Without Notice
Published date – January 2016
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