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.

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.

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 each July for academy participants who will begin the academy in the fall. The meetings will be held at the following times: To be determined

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.