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Peace Officer Training Academy (Police Academy)

The Zane State College Peace Officer Training Academy prepares individuals to hold themselves to a higher standard, developing character, integrity and professionalism throughout the process. Providing carefully curated, adaptable, and innovative learning experiences, we create a clear pathway to a career that is essential in today’s world. Many of those who began the Peace Officer Training Academy as Cadets have graduated as leaders ready to be the voice of reason and change agents in the community they serve. Throughout our history, the Zane State Academy has placed thousands of graduates into law enforcement agencies throughout Ohio and many other states. Many Cadets are commissioned by local law enforcement agencies, BUT that shouldn’t stop you from taking advantage of open enrollment. 

Entrance to this Academy is competitive and potential Cadets must complete a physical fitness exam, pass a background investigation, a drug screen and attend an information session. Please note that just because you have been accepted to Zane State College you are not accepted into the peace officer training academy—don’t get too worked up, we have resources to help you excel. If you are someone who does the right thing even when no one is around, who cares about society and wants to make a positive difference in the world you are the right individual for this academy. 

COMING SOON: Drone Training for crowd control 

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On-site firing range to fully support the cadets with engaging in situations they could face in the future.

Certificate pairs well with our Criminal Justice degree, as several classes overlap

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2024 Information Sessions -

 

 

Here are the Academy orientation dates. All potential Cadets must attend at least one of these sessions:

 

Tues. March 12th

Mon. March 25th

Fri. April 19th 

Information sessions will begin promptly at 6 pm, in Health Science Hall Room, on Zane State College Campus. 

 
Questions: Please contact Program Director Dr. John Gibson at jgibson@zanestate.edu or 740.588.1238
The physical fitness entrance exams for the 2024/2025 Peace Officer Academy are:
 
May 14th at 6:00pm in Health Science Hall Room# 307
May 20th at 6:00pm in Health Science Hall Room #307
June 4th at 6:00pm in Health Science Hall Room #307
June 18th at 6:00pm in Health Science Hall Room #307
 
Potential Cadets must pass this exam to be accepted into the Academy. Please note: this requirement is in addition to being accepted as a student to Zane State College.
 
What is the Zane State Peace Officer Academy and why complete it?

To become a Peace Officer in Ohio, applicants must complete a Peace Officer Basic Training Academy that is approved by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. The Zane State Peace Officer Academy has been an approved academy since 1979.

What are the requirements for admission?

• Applicants must be at least 18 years of age

• Pass the Academy pre-physical fitness exam, which consists of timed sit-ups, push-ups and 1.5 mile run at the 15th percentile (see PT requirements)

• Pass a background check 

• Pass a drug screen

• Complete the admissions process for the academy

When does the Academy start and how long does it last?

The Zane State Peace Officer Academy runs part-time Fall Semester and Spring Semesters (late August to late May) and takes approximately 9-months to complete. Currently, the basic curriculum of 738 hours with additional hours for Cadet career enhancement (TASER, defense spray certification, patrol rifle) will be covered.

What is the cost?

The cost is approximately $6,200.00. ($5,820.00 for two academic semesters (Fall and Spring) in addition to uniforms, ammunition, laptop computer, etc.) Because you earn college credit toward an Associates of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice, you may qualify for financial aid.

What are the academy graduation requirements?

To become eligible to be certified as a Peace Officer, applicants must successfully pass the physical fitness requirements, skill assessments and state certification examination. Once that occurs, Cadets may become Peace Officers upon being commissioned by a law enforcement agency.

What classes will be covered in the Academy?
What is the difference between the Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science Degree program and Peace Officer Academy?

The Criminal Justice degree program prepares students for and enhances career and promotion potential within criminal justice and related fields. The degree program emphasizes areas the study such as criminal law, corrections, constitutional law, investigations, victimology, defensive tactics, defensive driving and firearms.

The Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) is required training for anyone wishing to be a certified peace officer (Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Natural Resources Officer, etc.) in Ohio.

Will I receive academic credit towards the Associates of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice if I successfully complete the Peace officer Academy?

Yes, if you successfully complete the Peace Officer Academy, you will receive 30 credit hours of academic credit towards the Criminal Justice Associates of Applied Science degree. All technical courses (Criminal Justice) will be covered except CJUS 1090 Corrections and the general education courses. This means approximately one half of the degree program requirements will be satisfied for successful Academy completion.

What if I complete the Associates of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice first? Will I obtain academic credit for the Peace officer Academy?

No, because the Peace Officer Academy is a state certification. Cadets must complete the entire Academy in order to obtain the State certification.

Who do I contact if I want to enroll in either the Criminal Justice Program or Peace Officer Training Academy?

Dr. John Gibson

jgibson@zanestate.edu

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Zane State College EEET Program Graduation Data

  • 2012 Graduates: 35
  • 2013 Graduates: 31
  • 2014 Graduates: 26
  • 2015 Graduates: 26
  • 2016 Graduates: 23
  • 2017 Graduates: 29
  • 2018 Graduates: 42
  • 2019 Graduates: 25
  • 2020 Graduates: 25
  • 2021 Graduates: 27
  • 2022 Graduates: 36

Zane State College EEET Program Enrollment Data

  • Fall 2012: 39
  • Fall 2013: 57
  • Fall 2014: 73
  • Fall 2015: 72
  • Fall 2016: 94
  • Fall 2017: 85
  • Fall 2018: 70
  • Fall 2019: 75
  • Fall 2020: 71
  • Fall 2021: 78

Background checks are completed and submitted to Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) prior to acceptance into the Peace Officer Training Academy (POTA). Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or domestic violence will not be eligible for the Peace Officer Training Academy. All POTA instructors are certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. Students who successfully complete the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and pass all mandatory assessments are eligible to take the Ohio Basic Peace Officer Certification Examination.