Campuses Offered: Toledo and Findlay
Program Length: 7 months (582 hours)
Founded in 1970, the Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Academy at Owens Community College is offered in cooperation with the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission.
Police academy students take courses in patrol operations, firearms, defensive tactics and criminal investigation using modern, high-tech police equipment. Students also receive expert instruction from local police officers, sheriff's deputies and corrections officers, as well as state and federal agents.
Successful graduates are eligible to be certified as police officers in the State of Ohio.
Students who plan to attend the Academy and work toward an associate degree at Owens Community College must notify the School of Health, Education and Human Services and the Academy commander well in advance of registering for classes. The Academy has special admission requirements that must be addressed and met. Academy Option students must complete a physical examination and a background investigation prior to being admitted.
A total of 68-71 credit hours are required to earn the associate degree. Students may receive 18-21 college credits for completing the Academy.
The Academy Option is recommended for students under the age of 21.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2008, police officers earned an average of $52,810 nationally. This figure did not include overtime wages. They also received paid vacation, sick leave and medical and life insurance. Many retire at half-pay after 25 or 30 years of service.
Approximately 90 percent of all police officers, sheriffs and detectives worked for local government in 2008. The rest worked for state or federal police agencies.
Through 2018, the BLS projects employment for police officers and detectives to increase approximately 10 percent nationally due to population growth.
Persons with college training in police science or who have military experience, or both, should have the best chances for a job, the BLS reports.
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