Police Training in Ohio with Certification Information

Research police training programs in Ohio, which currently has roughly 42 schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the degree programs and get some quick facts for two schools to decide which program is right for you.

Ohio Police Training Schools

Schools throughout Ohio have police academy concentrations and award graduates associate's degrees. Upon completion of their studies, graduates are prepared to take the Ohio peace officer training exam to earn state certification. Learn about two of these schools and explore their degrees, curricula and hands-on training opportunities. The table in this article will also give more comparison details about the schools.

  • Cuyahoga Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement through its metro campus in Cleveland and at the Western Campus in Parma, which is about nine miles from the city.
  • Owens Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Professional Law Enforcement at its Toledo and Findlay campus locations.

Comparison of Schools

Many details must be considered when choosing a school for police training. The following table presents information about the enrollment, tuition and graduation rate to help aspiring police officers make comparisons.

Cuyahoga Community College Owens Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 23,900 10,038
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $3,136 (in-district)
$3,953 (in-state)
$7,648 (out-of-state)
$4,682 (in-state)
$8,344 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 78% 85%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admissions) 100% (open admissions)
Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2017)* 58% 53%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students Who Began in 2014)* 15% 18%

Source: NCES College Navigator.

Cuyahoga Community College

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) has a main campus in Cleveland, Ohio, but offers education programs at 13 other locations throughout the state. Tri-C offers over 190 degree and certificate programs, including an associate's degree in police training in affiliation with the Basic Peace Officer Academy.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Criminal Justice, Basic Police Academy Concentration

Students enrolled in the 63-credit police academy program take general courses in physical fitness, psychology, sociology and composition, as well as classes specific to becoming a police officer. Police training courses cover firearms, criminal law investigations, community policing, patrol operation and traffic enforcement. This degree program also provides training activities, such as defensive driving, to students acquiring their degree.

Owens Community College

With campuses in Perrysburg and Findlay, students enrolled at Owens Community College (OCC) can choose from over 125 certificate and degree programs. This Ohio school offers police training through its School of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

Associate of Applied Science in Professional Law Enforcement

OCC offers a 60- to 67-credit law enforcement academy program; prospective students are required to pass a physical exam and background check before admittance. Students complete four basic academy courses, which, when taken alone, can lead to a certificate in professional law enforcement. For the AAS degree, students will complete general education requirements and other law-related courses, like criminology and state and local government.


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