Criminal Justice Law Enforcement

This program is designed for students seeking careers in entry level positions in law enforcement agencies in the state of Ohio. These agencies include city police departments, village or township police departments, or county sheriff departments. While it is not required, it is an added benefit for those seeking careers in probation or parole.

The Ohio Revised Code enables North Central State College to incorporate the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy into the Criminal Justice Associate Degree program. The academy requirements are included in many of the program courses for the associate degree in Criminal Justice. Upon completion of the academy requirements, the student will be eligible to take the state certification examination to become a peace officer in the state of Ohio.

Our graduates have consistently scored among the highest graduation rates in the state, on the Ohio Peace Officer State Certification Examination.

Where You The Academy is offered during the day, or at night.

Day academy students attend 8:00 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. Firearms will be conducted on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for eight weeks of the academy. The remaining Fridays will be reserved for make-up days.

Night Academy students attend 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday with Fridays being reserved as make-up days.

Both Day and Night students will have to attend almost all Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will attend two Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The academy calendar will be given to students prior to the start of the academy.

The academy requires full-time enrollment in North Central State College.

Average Yearly Salary
  • Prepare reports that detail investigation findings.
  • Obtain and verify evidence by interviewing and observing suspects and witnesses or by analyzing records.
  • Investigate organized crime, public corruption, financial crime, copyright infringement, civil rights violations, bank robbery, extortion, kidnapping, and other violations of federal or state statutes.
  • Identify case issues and evidence needed, based on analysis of charges, complaints, or allegations of law violations.
  • Record evidence and documents, using equipment such as cameras and photocopy machines.
  • Testify before grand juries concerning criminal activity investigations.
  • Obtain and use search and arrest warrants.
  • Search for and collect evidence, such as fingerprints, using investigative equipment.
  • Determine scope, timing, and direction of investigations.
  • Collect and record physical information about arrested suspects, including fingerprints, height and weight measurements, and photographs.
  • Collaborate with other offices and agencies to exchange information and coordinate activities.
  • Analyze evidence in laboratories or in the field.
  • Develop relationships with informants to obtain information related to cases.
  • Perform undercover assignments and maintain surveillance, including monitoring authorized wiretaps.
  • Examine records to locate links in chains of evidence or information.
  • Collaborate with other authorities on activities, such as surveillance, transcription, and research.
  • Serve subpoenas or other official papers.

Average Yearly Salary
  • Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.
  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
  • Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.
  • Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.
  • Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved.
  • Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.
  • Testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases.
  • Monitor traffic to ensure motorists observe traffic regulations and exhibit safe driving procedures.
  • Relay complaint and emergency-request information to appropriate agency dispatchers.
  • Evaluate complaint and emergency-request information to determine response requirements.
  • Photograph or draw diagrams of crime or accident scenes and interview principals and eyewitnesses.
  • Patrol specific area on foot, horseback, or motorized conveyance, responding promptly to calls for assistance.
  • Investigate traffic accidents and other accidents to determine causes and to determine if a crime has been committed.
  • Direct traffic flow and reroute traffic in case of emergencies.
  • Issue citations or warnings to violators of motor vehicle ordinances.
  • Inform citizens of community services and recommend options to facilitate longer-term problem resolution.
  • Provide road information to assist motorists.
  • Act as official escorts, such as when leading funeral processions or firefighters.

Average Yearly Salary
  • Determine response requirements and relative priorities of situations, and dispatch units in accordance with established procedures.
  • Question callers to determine their locations, and the nature of their problems to determine type of response needed.
  • Record details of calls, dispatches, and messages.
  • Scan status charts and computer screens, and contact emergency response field units to determine emergency units available for dispatch.
  • Receive incoming telephone or alarm system calls regarding emergency and non-emergency police and fire service, emergency ambulance service, information, and after-hours calls for departments within a city.
  • Enter, update, and retrieve information from teletype networks and computerized data systems regarding such things as wanted persons, stolen property, vehicle registration, and stolen vehicles.
  • Relay information and messages to and from emergency sites, to law enforcement agencies, and to all other individuals or groups requiring notification.
  • Maintain access to, and security of, highly sensitive materials.
  • Observe alarm registers and scan maps to determine whether a specific emergency is in the dispatch service area.
  • Monitor various radio frequencies such as those used by public works departments, school security, and civil defense to keep apprised of developing situations.
  • Read and effectively interpret small-scale maps and information from a computer screen to determine locations and provide directions.
  • Maintain files of information relating to emergency calls, such as personnel rosters, and emergency call-out and pager files.
  • Learn material and pass required tests for certification.
  • Answer routine inquiries, and refer calls not requiring dispatches to appropriate departments and agencies.

Average Yearly Salary

Police Detectives

  • Provide testimony as a witness in court.
  • Check victims for signs of life, such as breathing and pulse.
  • Secure deceased body and obtain evidence from it, preventing bystanders from tampering with it prior to medical examiner’s arrival.
  • Obtain facts or statements from complainants, witnesses, and accused persons and record interviews, using recording device.
  • Record progress of investigation, maintain informational files on suspects, and submit reports to commanding officer or magistrate to authorize warrants.
  • Examine crime scenes to obtain clues and evidence, such as loose hairs, fibers, clothing, or weapons.
  • Obtain evidence from suspects.
  • Prepare charges or responses to charges, or information for court cases, according to formalized procedures.
  • Preserve, process, and analyze items of evidence obtained from crime scenes and suspects, placing them in proper containers and destroying evidence no longer needed.
  • Note, mark, and photograph location of objects found, such as footprints, tire tracks, bullets and bloodstains, and take measurements of the scene.
  • Obtain summary of incident from officer in charge at crime scene, taking care to avoid disturbing evidence.
  • Examine records and governmental agency files to find identifying data about suspects.
  • Secure persons at scene, keeping witnesses from conversing or leaving the scene before investigators arrive.
  • Take photographs from all angles of relevant parts of a crime scene, including entrance and exit routes and streets and intersections.
  • Analyze completed police reports to determine what additional information and investigative work is needed.
  • Provide information to lab personnel concerning the source of an item of evidence and tests to be performed.
  • Videotape scenes where possible, including collection of evidence, examination of victim at scene, and defendants and witnesses.
  • Prepare and serve search and arrest warrants.
  • Question individuals or observe persons and establishments to confirm information given to patrol officers.
  • Organize scene search, assigning specific tasks and areas of search to individual officers and obtaining adequate lighting as necessary.
  • Participate or assist in raids and arrests.
  • Summon medical help for injured individuals and alert medical personnel to take statements from them.
  • Block or rope off scene and check perimeter to ensure that entire scene is secured.
  • Notify, or request notification of, medical examiner or district attorney representative.
  • Notify command of situation and request assistance.
  • Note relevant details upon arrival at scene, such as time of day and weather conditions.
  • Maintain surveillance of establishments to obtain identifying information on suspects.
  • Monitor conditions of victims who are unconscious so that arrangements can be made to take statements if consciousness is regained.
  • Coordinate with outside agencies and serve on interagency task forces to combat specific types of crime.
  • Schedule polygraph tests for consenting parties and record results of test interpretations for presentation with findings.

Average Yearly Salary
  • Maintain records of evidence and write and review reports.
  • Package, store and retrieve evidence.
  • Submit evidence to supervisors, crime labs, or court officials for legal proceedings.
  • Testify in court and present evidence.
  • Analyze and process evidence at crime scenes, during autopsies, or in the laboratory, wearing protective equipment and using powders and chemicals.
  • Look for trace evidence, such as fingerprints, hairs, fibers, or shoe impressions, using alternative light sources when necessary.
  • Photograph crime or accident scenes for evidence records.
  • Dust selected areas of crime scene and lift latent fingerprints, adhering to proper preservation procedures.
  • Create sketches and diagrams by hand or with computer software to depict crime scenes.
  • Serve as technical advisor and coordinate with other law enforcement workers or legal personnel to exchange information on crime scene collection activities.
  • Coordinate or conduct instructional classes or in-services, such as citizen police academy classes and crime scene training for other officers.

Criminal Justice Majors of North Central State College are educated as a whole person in habits of critical thinking, leadership, lifelong learning and are also provided the opportunity to acquire the practical skills needed for competent performance in the changing workplace as well as the opportunity of preparation for advanced education.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply the core criminal justice foundation concepts of juvenile justice, criminology, constitutional law, corrections, private security, and U.S. Judicial and Criminal Justice systems in solving and defending logical arguments and applications in the field
  2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing and speech.
  3. Demonstrate well-developed analytical and problem solving skills.
  4. Demonstrate proper standards of criminal justice professionalism, morals, and ethics.

Police Academy Application Process

All students wishing to enter the Police Academies in Fall semester (both DAY and NIGHT Academies) must initially apply online as the first step in the application process using the link below. The Academy Commander will then notify the student of their preliminary acceptance.

Police Academy Interest Form

A mandatory orientation will be held in July of 2019. The meetings will be held at the following times:

Monday, July 8, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Meet at Shelby High School Track
For Physical Conditioning Test
Then return to Main NC State College Campus
Fallerius Building, Room 82 for Orientation

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Meet at Shelby High School Track
For Physical Conditioning Test
Then return to Main NC State College Campus
Fallerius Building, Room 82 for Orientation​

Thursday, July 11, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Meet at Shelby High School Track
For Physical Conditioning Test
Then return to Main NC State College Campus
Fallerius Building, Room 82 for Orientation​

All students who have expressed their interest via the link above for the upcoming Police Academies that will begin in August of 2019 MUST attend one of the mandatory orientation sessions listed above. Students must determine by this date, which academy they will be attending; day or night. Those failing to attend the orientation will not be considered for placement into the police academies.

The orientation will consist of the following:

  1. Physical Fitness Assessment Test (1.5 mile run. push-ups, sit-ups): students entering the police academy must test at the 15% level of the OPOTA standards. For a video which shows the correct way to prepare for the Physical Conditioning Test, click here, opens in a new window.
  2. Students will receive the official O.P.O.T.C application for the police academy. This includes the form that the student must use to obtain a 5-panel drug test. Students must successfully pass a drug screening within 90 days of the start of this academy. The cost of the test is at the expense of the student. Students will also receive the BCI&I and FBI fingerprint request form. Only this form may be used to obtain a fingerprint check. Students must successfully pass the fingerprint background check.
  3. Students will be registered for the police academy courses
  4. Students will receive the rules and regulations of the NC State Police Academy Program

All students MUST apply as a student to North Central State College prior to attending the orientation.

OPOTA Disqualifiers for Entry into the Police Academy

No person can enroll or participate in a police academy if such person has any felony conviction.

In Addition to the above, those who fall under any of the below disqualifiers cannot attend:

  • Any person currently registering as a sex offender, child-victim offender, or arson offender;
  • Any person under indictment or otherwise charged with an offense under ORC Chapter 2925, Drug Offenses; Chapter 3719, Controlled Substances, or Chapter 4729, Dangerous Drugs, that involves the illegal possession, use, sale, administration, or distribution of or trafficking in a drug of abuse – if convicted of that offense, they are disqualified for a three year period;
  • Any person under indictment or otherwise charged with a misdemeanor offense of violence – if convicted of that offense, they are disqualified for a three year period
  • Any person under indictment or otherwise charged with a violation of ORC 2903.14, Negligent Assault;
  • Any person convicted of or pleaded guilty to an offense under ORC Chapter 2913, Theft and Fraud, or a municipal ordinance that is substantially similar is disqualified for a three year period.

Ohio Administrative Code section 109:2-1-03

Students Under 21

Students under the age of 21 are encouraged to read the following document prior to applying for the Police Office Academy.

Peace Office Basic Training Academy Age Issues (PDF), opens in a new window

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for the police academy for those that qualify. Students need to complete their FAFSA forms prior to attending the orientation. Students receiving military aid need to make an appointment with the financial aid office prior to the mandatory orientation. Any questions concerning financial aid need to be filtered through North Central State College’s Financial Aid Office at 419-755-4899.