The one-year program at EGCC will prepare the student to take the required Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) certification test to qualify as a police officer in the state of Ohio. The one- year (two semester) program, which consists of 33 credit hours of instruction, hands on training and physical conditioning, exceeds the minimum OPOTC curriculum requirements. Classes are scheduled Monday–Friday for 4 or 5 evening hours from 5–10 PM OR 5:30-9:30 PM with some weekend sessions. YOUR FIRST STEP is to complete the online enrollment and FAFSA application. If you plan to pursuit financial aid, you MUST have your high school transcript and any college transcripts sent to EGCC.
Students are required to contact the policy academy commander, (740) 266-9675, to arrange an appointment for the PT Test and to complete the necessary paperwork required by the Attorney General.
Eligibility Requirements The following guidelines established by OPOTC must be met in order to qualify for the policy academy.
1. Citizen of the United States 2. 18 years of age 3. High school graduate or GED 4. Possess a valid driver’s license 5. No felony convictions. This may include felony convictions that have been sealed or expunged. 6. No domestic violence convictions
AS OF JANUARY 1, 2017, ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PASS A PHYSICAL CONDITIONING TEST. THE TEST CONSISTS OF A 1 1/2 MILE RUN, PUSH UPS AND SIT UPS.
An integral part of the academy curriculum is physical fitness program. Police Academy students are required to pass minimum physical conditioning as determined by OPOTC at the end of the academy. These include timed push ups and sit ups, a 1.5-mile run and other agility standards. Those students who fail to meet the physical conditioning standards by the end of the second semester will not be permitted to sit for the certification exam.
In addition to purchasing books the student will need the following equipment:
1. Firearm/holster 2. Handcuffs/case 3. Gun belt 4. Extra magazines/case 5. Belt keepers 6. Flashlight/holder