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.
A mandatory orientation will be held in July for the 2021-2022 cadets. The meetings will be held at the following times:
All students who have expressed their interest via the link above for the upcoming Police Academies that will begin in August of 2021 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Students will be registered for the police academy courses
- 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.
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.