The Daily Express

Police Academy Program Offered at Owens Findlay-area Campus

FINDLAY - Students considering a career in law enforcement can pursue an opportunity by participating in the Basic Peace Officer Training Program at the Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus.

"Through a collaborative effort with the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission, Owens Community College is proud to provide the necessary educational and training to meet the demands for law enforcement officials throughout the state of Ohio," said Gary Brinker, Owens Coordinator of Public Service Programs. "Students who successfully complete the College's Basic Peace Officer Training Program will become eligible for certification as an Ohio peace officer."

During the seven-month program, Owens police academy students will take courses in patrol operations, firearms, defensive tactics and criminal investigation using modern, high-tech police equipment. Participants will receive expert instruction from local police officers, sheriff's deputies and corrections officers, as well as state and federal agents.

According to Brinker, course work earned by police academy graduates will apply toward an associate's degree at Owens in Law Enforcement. "Police academy graduates will have the opportunity to take the remaining credit requirements, for their associate's degree, by attending classes on the College's Findlay-area or Toledo-area Campuses," he said.

Brinker added, "Students who graduate from the College's police academy program can be found serving as law enforcement officials throughout Northwest Ohio," he said.

Among the various local law enforcement agencies where Owens graduates now are employed include the Findlay Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff's Department, Henry County Sheriff's Department and Fostoria Police Department.

Upon completion of the program, each student will receive a certificate from the Owens Workforce and Community Services Division. Curriculum for the Owens police academy is approved by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission.

All requirements of the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission must be met for certification. Applications for academy classes must be completed and returned to the College by Saturday, November 30. Police Academy Program classes begin Monday, January 6.

For more information, or to obtain an application packet, call (567) 429-3600.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor 's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

(Posted 10/16/02)

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