If you are interested in enrolling in the Zane State College Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA), please contact George Ayers.

Prospective academy students MUST attend one of the information sessions. The OPOTA program is required training for anyone wishing to be a law enforcement officer in the state of Ohio. Application and enrollment materials are handed out during the information meetings. Each session will include question and answer time. Attendees are encouraged to make notes of any questions and bring them to the session.

Want to learn more?
Contact the School Commander

George Ayers


Whether you are an open enrollment student or have the backing of a law enforcement agency for the purpose of training, the Ohio Peace Officer Training program is required. You must complete this training to work as a peace officer in the State of Ohio.

This 26-credit hour training introduces you to the study of criminal justice, and it provides participants with basics in defensive tactics, defensive driving, and other practical skills. Students learn investigative methods and the fundamentals of constitutional law and homeland security.